I find myself on the road quite a bit, thanks to my current full time marketing gig working in the hospitality and tourism industry. While traveling to new places is one of the job’s perks, it can also be a struggle to stay healthy while on the road.
As wellness travel becomes a bigger trend in tourism and hospitality, more people are starting to become mindful of staying healthy while traveling for both business and pleasure. From healthy food options, to unique fitness spaces, to wellness tourism, it’s becoming easier to stay healthy while on the road.
Here are a few things that I always make sure to do before every trip to ensure that I stay feeling healthy and energized, while not getting too off track from my martial arts and fitness training.
How to Stay Healthy While Traveling for Work:
1. Prep. Prep. Prep.
Bring your own food. My coworkers say – wow, what a “mom thing to do” Yes, yes it is. When you become a mom, your brain starts thinking in different ways. I’m going to be prepared because I’ve traveled without good food before, and the nastiness that I had to eat on the road, literally made me sick for two days.
If bringing a cooler of food doesn’t work for you (say, if you’re flying), then try to stop by a grocery store once you reach your location. Or make sure you do your research and find healthy places to eat at your destination.
2. Do Your Research
I need my morning coffee every day to get me going, and not just any hotel room coffee will do. When on the road to some mountain towns, Starbucks isn’t even an option. So I make sure to do my research and find where I can get my coffee with almond milk fix.
3. Get Active
Morning workouts, bring your own yoga mat, go swimming in the pool, go for a hike or even a walk around the hotel. Any movement before sitting in a conference room or car for hours is great for your body and mind.
4. Stay Hydrated
Bring your own water bottle, so you don’t have to buy bottled water. Plus, a good quality water bottle will keep that water cold all day long.
5. Limit the Adult Beverages
I know this one can be a tough one, especially on those business trips. Be mindful of what you are drinking, and make selections that don’t affect your body poorly. For me, I’ve found that sticking to the gluten free options are the best (ie. cider, tequila)
6. Get Enough Sleep
Bring your own pillow (if you can!) and don’t forget those earplugs. A good night’s rest can make all the difference.