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No cheating on work trips!

Posted on January 30 2018

Here are the best ways to eat right and workout during work trips!!

Traveling for work often is stressful and unpredictable, you could be at the mercy of a daunting meeting schedule, less than ideal temperatures, or a demanding client. On top of it all, how are you supposed to stick to a meaningful healthy food and exercise routine?

If left uncontrolled, bad habits that form during business trip can seriously impact your quality of life and the efficiency of your work trip. Usually it’s easy to see business trips as cheat day and cause yourself to slack on your daily fitness regimen and diet.  However, in most instances, you will be more productive on your business trip if you find a way to be active.

Fortunately, there are creative eating habit and exercise options for business travelers that go beyond the conventional hotel food and gym workout. Below we explore our top five best ways to eat right and workout during work trips.

#1. Consume local whole foods:

How did our predecessors eat 100 years ago? Fresh meats, fish, beans, grains, nuts, seeds and fruit and veggies is what our ancestors relied on. Whole foods are the bedrock of good health. When you’re thinking what you can bring to snack on during the trip, try bringing a nut bar, some fruit or sliced veggies, keep in mind that calories count, you can ask for a low-fat, low-sodium meal if your airline offers them. But bringing your own food is much better.

#2. Stay active at the flight terminal:

If you get to the airport ahead of time, resist the urge to quickly plop down into a chair at the gate window shop until you board, and you'll burn off both calories and time.

#3. Make cocktail hour about networking:

Whether you're partaking in a conference's happy hour or having martinis with a business associate at a hotel bar, alcohol calories can add up quickly. Even worse, drinking excessively will cloud your reasoning when you order dinner as well as when you're making business decisions.

#4. Don't count on the gym:

If it's raining and your hotel doesn't have a fitness center, that's no excuse to fall off the workout wagon, pack a jump rope that can be used both in the traditional way and as a stretching aid. Exercise is correlated with improved mood and immunity, better sleep, and a reduction in one's overall stress level, though, so it really pays to figure out how to fit some trip in at this time of year more than ever. For a guided workout, copy one to your laptop before you leave, and you'll be set, whatever the weather.

#5. Stay hydrated:

This step is as hassle-free as carrying a stainless steel or glass water bottle with you. Count how many times you refill it up. At least eight glasses of water a day will keep your energy levels high, your hunger down, your digestive system smooth and your concentration sharp. Make sure to not drink water before meals as this can obstruct digestion. Drink 20 minutes before and 60 or minutes after. Also, try and drink room temperature water because cold water increases gastrointestinal contraction and retards digestion down.

Although these strategies may feel like sacrifices in the beginning, they will be worth it in the long run. Take care of your body, when you're outside of our normal environment, it is usually easy to forget that the same rules apply as they do back home. Staying active demands maintaining a diet that makes you ready to work out.

Let us know how you stay on track while traveling! Leave a comment below.

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