Traveling can be the perfect excuse to unwind and de-stress. Unfortunately, if you’re going on a business trip you may find that the travel itself may not be that healthy at all.
From hectic agendas to extended hours at the airport and on a plane to traffic gridlocks in a foreign city, business trips can be very stressful.
However, this is not to say that there’s nothing you can do to keep yourself healthy while on such a trip. Here are a few tips you can consider.
1. Observe Basic Hygiene
Unless you will be traveling in your private jet and be driven around in your limousine or perhaps drive to your destination yourself, you really need to observe basic hygiene. Airports can be notorious for the transmission of airborne infections.
Fellow travelers may be coughing or sneezing out germs into the air. Public toilets can be quite nasty when it comes to water-borne diseases. Some folks may not even wash their hands after using the john and they’d be using the faucet in the sink.
It is always a good idea to wash your hands before and after eating. Packing a small bottle of hand sanitiser should also keep your hands relatively germ-free.
And if you cannot get a bottle past airport security, minimising touching your face should help you prevent the spread of germs into your mouth and nose.
2. Watch What You Eat
Traveling almost always entails dining at some place you’re not really familiar with. Some business functions also tend to fill your tummy with carbs and fatty foods, not to mention alcoholic beverages.
While it is perfectly okay to dine with your business partners, just make sure you know your limits. Steer clear of too much fat even though these dishes are truly mouth-watering.
If you’re traveling to an unfamiliar place make sure you learn of their traditional cuisines so you can prepare beforehand. Perhaps the most important thing you can do when on a business trip is to observe moderation in everything.
That lobster dish may look tantalizing, but if you’re not careful especially in devouring its tomalley you might as well see your business trip abruptly cut short.
3. Stay Hydrated
It is very easy to dismiss water as nothing more than something you need to push your food down your throat. But the fact of the matter is that water is essential for life.
The point here is not that you should always drink water every chance you get, but to drink as much healthy fluids as possible. If water is not available, go for a fruit juice instead of a soda or even an alcoholic beverage.
Yes, these are fluids, too. But clearly, you don’t need any of these kinds of fluids when you’re traveling, especially on an all-important business trip. You’d want your brain cells to remain fully functional. Water is best.
4. Turn Your Hotel Room into a Mini Gym
You don’t need to hit the gym to stay fit. There are certain exercises that you can perform right in the comfort of your hotel room even without expensive exercise machines and equipment.
For instance, you can do push-ups on the floor or even perform a few Pilates exercises for a good 20 to 30 minutes every other day. You can do a dolphin plank, squats, and even crunches.
You can even have a modified HIIT by doing a series of pushups and running in place. But of course, if the hotel you’re staying in has a gym you can almost always ask for complimentary use of their facilities.
5. Aim for 8 Hours of Sleep
Business trips can be very taxing; no doubt about that. But this should not prevent you from having at least 8 hours of sleep. You need to have your mind and body fully recharged for the grueling day ahead of you.
While most traveling entrepreneurs will say that they don’t need sleep since they’re more after the future of their business, with a tired and restless mind it would be nearly impossible to ensure a brighter future for your business. Think about it.
Going on a business trip doesn’t excuse you from leading a healthy life. With these very simple tips you’ll be on your way to ensuring a more productive business travel while staying healthy.