How to stay fit and healthy while travelling for work (8 tips)

Staying healthy while travelling for work

Does travelling for work mess with your fitness routine and healthy lifestyle?

Taking care of your health is not always easy, especially when you’re travelling frequently. You have easy access to processed foods and takeaways, which seems very convenient in today’s busy lifestyle. Plus, after a full day’s work, you may want to put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine and not hustle on busy roads to get to the gym.

Perhaps you’ve found your perfect routine at home and you’re preparing healthy meals and exercising regularly. But, business travel often ruins your routine.

What happens when you don’t have the “luxury” of a normal office routine? Instead, you’re travelling for work every so often…

Luckily, you don’t have to compromise on achieving your health and fitness goals. We have some advice that can help you keep fit and healthy, even if you have to travel frequently.

Stick to healthy eating

While you may find it easier to eat high-calorie snacks and junk food, stick to healthier food options. If you have to, pack your own healthy snacks to prevent grabbing that on-the-go cupcake, donut or chocolate croissant.

Here are a few healthy snack options:

  • Fresh fruit (firmer fruit, such as apples, are easier to travel with)
  • Nuts (just watch how many you eat because nuts are high in calories)
  • Homemade popcorn
  • Healthy crackers and cheese
  • Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, etc.)
  • Dry oatmeal cup (just add hot water on-the-go)

If you’re staying at a hotel, opt for healthy foods and rather steer away from the dessert table. By fueling your body with the right nutrition, you will perform better at your job.

Pack your workout gear

Let’s be real. You’re not going to exercise if you don’t have the right workout attire with you. Don’t make room for excuses. Pack in some trainers and workout gear. This way, you can exercise easily. If you can, go for runs, hikes or swims during your business trip to keep fit and active.

Get a fitness tracker

Keep active with the help of a fitness tracker. You can either buy a fitness tracker or download an app on your smartphone to track your steps, heart rate, sleeping patterns, etc. Tracking this information can help you be more conscious of how active you are and change some of your lazy patterns, such as using the elevator instead of the stairs.

Buy a bag you can carry on your back

While typical business travelling bags often come with wheels, you can find a professional-looking backpack. You are more liberated with a backpack. Take the stairs and walk through busy streets easily, without having to worry about dragging a bag on wheels behind you.

Explore the area

If you have some free time, explore your surroundings. Whether it be visiting a park or a local mall, this way, you can get familiar with your surroundings and increase your daily step count

Keep hydrated

At networking parties, you may find it difficult to keep control of your alcohol consumption. Try your best to have water in between your alcoholic drinks. The same goes for conferences. Lay off drinking too many sugary teas and coffees and drink as much water as possible.

Also, if you tend to forget to drink water while you’re on the move, get a designated water bottle for travelling. This way, while you’re travelling or exploring the city you’re in, you won’t forget to stay hydrated.

Always eat a good breakfast

Breakfast is, without a doubt, the most important meal of the day. It not only improves your concentration but it’s also important for a healthy, functioning metabolism. Eating breakfast will prevent you from craving unhealthy snacks later on in the day.

Get a good night’s sleep

Sleeping well improves your memory and concentration levels so you can perform your best at business appointments. Sleep in a comfy bed and go to sleep at a reasonable time at night. Avoid using your smartphone once you’re in bed and enjoy a blissful sleep.

Morning Star Express Hotel offers comfortable and affordable accommodation in Pretoria. You can get a decent night’s sleep and wake up refreshed and ready to make the most of your business trip in Pretoria.

picnic spots

7 Popular picnic spots in Pretoria

Looking for popular picnic spots in Pretoria?

Pretoria has so many fantastic outdoor picnic spots for you to visit. And, with the sun shining brighter and the weather warming up, it’s a lovely time to go for a picnic.

Do you want to plan a romantic date, entertain the kids or just get out of the house? Well, then it’s time to pack a few snacks, a picnic blanket and some sunscreen.

It’s time to visit one of Pretoria’s great picnic spots.

Here’s a list of great picnic spots in Pretoria

Burger’s Park

If you love history, why not visit the oldest park in Pretoria?

Long ago, botanist James Hunter designed the gorgeous garden. It was established in 1874 and is now a national monument.

The beautiful Victorian-style park has curved paths, a florarium, a kiosk, a fish pond, a statue of President Burgers and other interesting structures.

You can enjoy a lovely picnic in the park – for free!

The Voortrekker Monument

The Voortrekker Monument is not just an exciting place to go watch concerts or enjoy Park Acoustics.

It is an ideal place for a picnic for several reasons. It’s spacious, safe, clean and has amazing views. Plus, because it’s in a nature reserve, you can spend a peaceful day there while being close to nature.

Venning Park

Visit Pretoria’s second oldest park. Also one of the prettiest parks!

The park has nearly 3000 rose bushes. The gorgeous garden and rosarium is a beautiful place to pack a few snacks and enjoy a picnic in the fresh air.

Wonderboom Nature Reserve

Wonderboom Nature Reserve in the Northern part of Pretoria a big reserve. It’s right by the Magaliesberg Mountains. There’s also a really special 1000-year-old fig tree you can go see.

The panic facilities are great. Plus, you can enjoy walking trails, beautiful views and various animals within the reserve. It’s a great place for a lovely day out with your friends and family members.

Pretoria National Botanical Garden

Pretoria National Botanical Garden is a magnificent tourist attraction in South Africa. It is home to 50% of the entire country’s tree species.

Enjoy a picnic in one of South Africa’s botanical paradises.

If you want special moments captured, you can take some lovely photos there!

Nkwe Park

Just outside of Pretoria, you can enjoy a lovely day at Nkwe park. There are lovely shady picnic spots and braai facilities.

Enjoy swimming in the rock pools and, if you brave enough, you can leap off the waterfall.

Groenkloof Nature Reserve

Groenkloof Nature Reserve has one of the best braai and picnic spots in Pretoria. Enjoy a lovely day under the tall trees. There is also a game and bird sanctuary for those who enjoy nature as well as a swimming pool, playground and miniature train for kids to make use of. If you’re looking for comfortable and convenient accommodation in Pretoria, contact Morning Star Express Hotel.

When is the best time to visit Pretoria

Wondering when you should visit Pretoria?

South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria, is known as the Jacaranda city. This is because of its plethora of gorgeous purple trees.

There’s so much for you to do and see in Pretoria. The city is not only defined by its diverse architectural styles and influences. It’s also home to the popular National Zoological Gardens of South Africa and other exciting places. One great example is the Cheetah Research and Breeding Centre.

Visit Pretoria in Spring – or anytime!

You should visit Pretoria in Spring if you want to enjoy the gorgeous Jacaranda tree-lined streets, which come into full bloom in during the season. Also, climate-wise – spring is the best time to go to Pretoria. The temperatures in spring vary between 15 to 28 degrees Celsius. 

Autumn is also pleasant with temperatures ranging from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius, which is a lot milder than the soaring summer temperatures. While reaching minimums of about 4 degrees Celsius in Winter, the nighttime frosts and cool mornings can be a little too cold for some. But, the weather during the colder time of the year is mostly mild and dry. So, Pretoria is quite pleasant to visit any time of the year. Read More

Fun indoor activities to do in Pretoria

Pretoria, or also affectionally known as the Jacaranda City is the administrative capital of South Africa.  Apart from the thousands of Jacaranda trees, it houses various government buildings, embassies, monuments, museums and of course the iconic Union Buildings.   

Pretoria is spoilt for choice for anyone looking to fill their days with fun and adventure.  Sometimes, however, the weather does not play along, and we need to stay indoors. Don’t despair, we’ve got  fun indoor activities for the whole family, right here in Pretoria: Read More

Must-visit unique restaurants in Pretoria

Pretoria offers unique dining experiences for locals and visitors. From decadent desserts, wholesome breakfasts and delicious mains to relaxing environments and entertainment, our restaurants are very appealing. With so many amazing restaurants to eat out at in Pretoria, it’s not always easy deciding on where to go. We suggest you try out a few. Here are some amazing restaurants to visit in Pretoria: Read More

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Why you should have your next conference at a hotel

Technology has made communication very convenient in today’s business world. We can call, use social networks and send out emails in seconds. However, face-to-face meetings still hold a lot of value and are essential in building steady business relationships. This is why hotels offer conference venues, which are convenient for meetings, team building events and even seminars.

You can definitely benefit from having your next business conference at our hotel – here’s why: Read More

5 Awesome things to do in Pretoria

Visiting Pretoria anytime soon? Well, then you’ve come to the right spot. We have fished out all the best things for you to do in Pretoria.

Visit the Pretoria Zoo

The National Zoological Gardens in Pretoria is the largest zoo in the country! You can enjoy the beautiful aquarium, which is the largest inland marine aquarium in South Africa, and the reptile park as well as look at thousands of other animals at the zoo. Read More