Don’t abandon your healthy lifestyle on business trips. You can still manage healthy weight loss with a little advanced planning.
Here are 10 tips for healthy business trips:
1. Pack Healthy Energy Bars
You never know when you’ll be stuck in an airport or endless meeting. Prevent binges by curbing hunger with a healthy energy bar. Stash some Clif bars in your carry-on and you’ll be prepared to manage diet disasters.
2. Eat Breakfast
Studies prove that people who consistently eat breakfast are more likely to maintain a healthy weight. A healthy breakfast like oatmeal with sliced bananas or fresh berries will provide energy and keep you sharp for that important morning meeting.
3. Use the Hotel Mini-Bar Refrigerator
Stock your mini-bar fridge with healthy snacks like fresh fruit, yogurt, and even raw veggies.
4. Avoid Fast Food
Working late to finish that presentation? Don’t resort to ordering in a pizza or take-out from the burger joint. Ask your concierge to recommend a healthy alternative, or order a big salad from room service.
5. Make Sleep Easier
Are you sleep-challenged in strange hotel rooms? You know inadequate sleep can hamper your job performance, but did you also know that it can cause weight gain?
Maximize your chances of restful sleep with ear plugs and an eyeshade. Consider drowning out your noisy neighbor by bringing along a travel-sized white noise machine that doubles as a travel alarm.
6. Choose healthy restaurants
Get creative with business dinners. Skip the steak place and try out that trendy new Thai or sushi restaurant. Ask your concierge or executive assistant to find healthy dining options for those crucial client dinners.
7. Bring exercise clothes
Even if your schedule is packed, plans change so be prepared to get some exercise while you’re traveling. A brisk walk can clear your head and jump start your metabolism. Bring along comfortable shoes and the clothing you need. Even 20 minutes of pushups, situps, and squats in your hotel room will invigorate you, sharpen your performance, and enhance sleep.
8. Book a hotel with a gym or use the stairs
If weather is an issue or you don’t feel safe exercising outside, make sure to choose a hotel with a fitness facility. Many are now open 24 hours. If that’s not an option, consider running or walking the stairs to burn calories and get your heart pumping.
9. Walk around the airport
Take a break from checking email or hanging out at the airport bar. Walk around the terminal during layovers or flight delays. You’ll feel a lot less stressed when you finally reach your destination, and even a few calories burned will accumulate to permanent weight loss over time.
10. Skip the alcohol
You’ve heard this before – alcohol has empty calories. But drinking also lowers your resolve to make healthy food choices and interferes with restful sleep.
Don’t let business travel ruin your healthy lifestyle. Business trips can be healthy and productive with a little planning.