When you travel a lot for business, it is easy to let fitness and healthy eating slide of the radar. It can be the same for pleasure travel, but usually that involves some sort of beach attire or sporting activity which act as deterrents and motivators. Business travel is draining. You are in an unfamiliar place with a diffferent bed, odd noises, often a lack of healthy food, and the pressure to be ‘on’ for clients or colleagues. All this exhausts me!
When I get back to my room, the last thing I want to do is work out and seek out fresh whole food. What I want to do is to put on my big pants and flop face down on the bed to wait for the delivery of the largest plate of pasta in red sauce from that ubiquitous Italian restaurant that seems to deliver to hotels in every city. While it feels great to lay there and shove comfort food down my gullet, it always makes me feel awful. The sodium makes my fingers and eyes puffy and I’m even more tired the next day.
About 2 years ago I was traveling to Indianapolis a lot. It was great work with cool people, but I fell into a spiral of not eating all day, eating heavily after work and not working out. That wasn’t like me. I was choosing things like mozerella sticks over tempura veggies. Granted, tempura in mass quantities is much better, but still that was the healthiest options on the restaurant menu. Thankfully, my python-approach to eating kept me the same size/weight but, wow, was I sick. I was tired all the time, puffy, and cranky.
I don’t remember July 4th weekend. I slept all 3 days. When I woke up, I was detoxed from carbs and decided that I couldn’t do that for however long this project would last. When I returned to Indy, I found a Sprouts market I could walk to for produce each evening and I found an in-room workout that I did faithfully.
By the end of the project, I was back to my old self. Lots of energy (even without my beloved java), happy, and not puffy. The moral of the story is that traveling for business is hard enough. Don’t make it harder by treating your body poorly, okay?
Here is the workout I used, sourced on Pinterest, of course and created by Ashley at healthierhappierbear.com. Check out her site to learn more about her journey. Thanks for the workout Ashley! I still go back to this when my trips last longer than 3 days.