Travelling for leisure is one thing, it’s exciting, and one’s mindset is that of an unhurried and easy-going approach. When you’re going on holiday, you’re usually not prudent about your diet or lifestyle, you’re going away to have fun and to let go.
Business travel, however, is the complete opposite. Although it can also be exciting, you’re essentially embarking on a trip to work, not really to play.
So, if you travel for business quite frequently then your healthy eating plan and fitness routine is something you’re most likely going to want to maintain. As opposed to holidaying, eating takeout and sitting in front of the television all evening is not something that’s sustainable if you’re on the road regularly.
It’s difficult, but not impossible. It’s all about preparation, being strict with what you eat, and fitting in a workout whenever you can.
Here are our top tips on how to eat and stay healthy on your next business trip.
Look, when travelling for business, there’s a lot of free food on offer. Whether it be at a conference, on a plane or at your accommodation, snacks like sandwiches and crisps are high in kilojoules. The fact that they’re free, doesn’t mean you’re obliged to eat them.
We recommend packing your own snacks like nuts and fruit for when you’re on the road all day, and if you’re attending a conference have a healthy breakfast and do the same. Don’t forget to pack bottled water and stay hydrated.
Chances are that you’re going to be eating out a lot! Whether it be for business meetings or catching up with old friends after hours, try to avoid unhealthy foods.
When you’re at home and eating out once a week, it’s completely fine to indulge a little, but if you’re going to be eating out twice a day for an extended period, you should choose the healthiest meal option available.
Instead of going for the burger and fries, or a pasta, go for the salad. At breakfast, order muesli and yoghurt or an English breakfast without the toast. Avoid those carbohydrates! The same goes for dinner, instead of potato or fries, ask for more veggies.
It takes a little discipline, but you’ll be thanking yourself later when you arrive home from your trip and you have maintained your current weight, or even better, have lost a pound or two.
This is where true discipline comes in to play. It’s easy to slack a bit when you’re away from home and your daily routine, but if you try to incorporate some of your regular exercise routines into your business trip, you’ll reap the rewards and avoid the setback.
If you’re a gym goer and are concerned about membership or passes to the local gym, don’t worry, and don’t let that be your excuse either. Most gyms offer day passes for next to nothing, so even if your trip is only a few days, at least you’ll be able to squeeze in an early morning or evening workout session.
If ever you’re travelling to Kent for business, we’ve put together this helpful guide on the best gyms in the area, along with pricing and operating hours.
If the hitting the gym’s not for you and you prefer the road, then what better way to explore the city you’re visiting than with a run or walk? There’s something quite magical about an early morning jog through a quiet, unfamiliar city.
This may sound like a peculiar tip, but when you realise the benefits of staying at a serviced apartment, you’ll understand what we’re trying to get at.
So, we’ve gone over the fact that you should try eating as healthily as possible, so imagine you could cook your own food? You certainly can’t do that at a hotel or bed & breakfast now can you?
Serviced apartments include fully kitted out kitchens or kitchenettes and are actually more affordable than hotels. Complete with an oven, stove, and fridge, you’ll be able to prepare your own meals daily. There’s also plenty of cupboard space so you can store all the snacks you want in preparation for your outings.
In addition to this, serviced apartments have ample space, so you’ll be able to entertain guests in a much more comfortable environment. Who says business dinner’s with clients need to be at a restaurant? Why not cook a spectacular meal for your clients in your own space? It’ll go a long way in strengthening and personalising relationships, that’s for sure!