If you’re an entrepreneur who travels to meet clients and prospects, or any individual on the road for work, you know how difficult it can be to maintain a healthy lifestyle on the road. Dinners out, odd working and sleeping hours, forgetting to stay hydrated, and other factors can add up to a drain: decreased health and energy and increased weight.
For those in recovery, maintaining your health while traveling is extra important, because it can help you stay on the straight and narrow. For entrepreneurs staying healthy is extra important, because you need to generate your own business with your own creative energy. When you are both…well, you know how important it is to stay healthy.
Exercise Made Simple
When staying in a hotel, take advantage of whatever fitness equipment or resources may be available. When visiting a new area, make sightseeing your exercise. If all you can manage to do is speed-walk a few laps around a nearby mall, do it.
Here are some simple ideas:
- Swim laps in the hotel pool
- Use the hotel gym, even if it’s just a treadmill
- Tune into a hotel exercise channel
- Use your laptop and the free Wi-Fi to pull up a yoga video on YouTube
- Go on an urban hike
- Have a golf meeting instead of a dinner meeting
- Sign up for a visitor’s class at the hotel or a nearby gym (bring your business cards and make it a networking opportunity).
- Resort to calisthenics: even in-room jumping jacks and burpees are better than nothing.
Many people eat badly and end up feeling bad when they travel. It’s not unusual for on the road eating to “stop you up,” make you feel groggy or cause weight gain.
Make healthy food choices a part of your traveling routine. Decide before you go to dinner what you will eat. Just like the continued decision to avoid alcohol at meals, for those in recovery, you can make a conscious choice to eat enough greens and other fresh foods.
Also, make hydration part of your on-the-road regiment. Drink at least one full glass of water upon rising each morning. Try to drink two full glasses of water about half an hour before each meal and snack.
These simple diet and exercise suggestions can make a world of difference in how you feel as you travel.
Don’t Forget Sleep
Some people fall asleep easily and stay asleep all night. Some people can sleep anywhere, from an airport chair to the hotel. Some people can function just fine on limited sleep.
For most others, however, sleep requires a little effort and is necessary for maintaining health. Sleep is the body’s “reset time,” where rejuvenation can occur, and poor sleep has been linked to a myriad of other health problems: high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and in an increase in stress hormones in the body, just to name a few.
Here are some tips to get better sleep on the road:
- Keep a schedule and get to bed on time.
- Do not look at electronics before sleeping.
- Try reading a book or magazine before bed.
- Write down your thoughts or agenda, so you are not worried about the next day’s plan.
- Use ear plugs, a face mask, or white noise if any of those things help you.
For your sleep and all of these other health tips: keep track! Writing down your food, sleep, and exercise or using an app or sports watch have been shown to increase accountability and help you keep your goals.