Part One of “Fitness Tips for Business Trips” was all about “The Plan” . If you didn’t read it, I suggest take a few minutes and give it a look.
By planning ahead, I don’t ambush my fitness, and I’m able to make better decisions by knowing in advance my options are limited. Planning is even more important when it comes to eating well on the road…which, I think we’d all agree, is a challenge.
Control Your Eating (and Drinking)
This is probably the hardest thing for people to do. You’re on the road, you’ve got an expense account and there are all kinds of new restaurants you want to discover, and that’s okay! Be smart about it though. Eating healthy and staying hydrated on the road will not only keep your waistline in check, but it’ll keep you focused on the real reason you’re traveling, work.
The most important thing to me when I’m the road is staying hydrated. It’s easy to get distracted with everything else that comes along with traveling, but the most basic of things, drinking water, is often the most overlooked.
Once I settle into the hotel I go out and pick up a gallon of water and use it to refill a smaller bottle. It’s easier to walk around with with a bottle. Not only does a gallon jug not fit in a cup holder, but walking around with a gallon of water just looks ridiculous. If i don’t have the chance to buy a gallon of water, I buy a bottle at the hotel. (Travel Tip: If you need a refill, most hotels offer water in the lobby for guests. If that’s not available, check the fitness room. They usually have a water station there.)
One of the first things that comes to mind when I’m away from home is “Where am I going to eat?”. There are plenty of healthy menu options to choose from if you choose the right eateries. Half of my business trips are to Austin, Texas, and there’s no shortage of healthy spots to choose from there. I make sure not to eat anything too out of the ordinary that might upset my stomach, and I don’t over eat!
Some times business travel calls for a road trip, and it can be hard finding something healthy to eat when you’re passing through small towns. All you see are fast food restaurants and gas stations in some places. I choose the convenience stores. I can grab a bottle of water and some nuts or a protein bar, and I get back on the road. I don’t use this as a meal replacement, but use it to hold me over until I get to my destination where I can make a better decision. Not only are you saving yourself from eating unhealthy calories, but a $4 meal receipt looks good on an expense report.
Most business trips require networking, socializing or other activities that almost always center around food and alcohol because, let’s be real, that’s when the deals are made. If you know it’s going to be a late night with drinking involved then don’t plan a workout the next morning. You’re only setting yourself up for failure, and no one wants to be thinking about the workout they should’ve done or the eight beers they shouldn’t have had. After all, you’re there to work and if the work calls for you to enjoy some adult beverages with a client or colleagues, then do it, but plan for it.
Next up is Part III: Get In A Workout (stay tuned)…