April 8 2010 by Bryson Forbes
It's not easy to have the discipline to stay in shape if you're an on-the-go business traveller. For a lot of us, eating well and working out are part of our routine, and traveling challenges that routine at every turn.
Here are a few pitfalls to avoid so you can in shape while on the road.
Snacks, snack and more snacks. The best advice I have is to pack your own. Two things I don't leave on a trip without are a big mixed bag of almonds, walnuts and peanuts and a couple of packs of sugar-free gum. You'll save dough along the way and it will help avoid the lure of a greasy burger at the airport.
You don't need a beer. A few glasses of wine or beer on the road add empty calories. You will likely come across opportunities to have alcohol at times you don't customarily drink, like in the lounge or on the plane, etc... It might seem like a good idea at the time but not only are you adding calories, you may deter the next morning's workout.
Plan your schedule. A lot of times when you're planning a trip, you aren't including a gym hour like you would normally block out at home. Think about your workout plan and make sure it's in your calendar! Many hotels have solid workout facilities; for example, check out the last one I visited at the Best Western Hotel Downtown Vancouver, which had a panoramic view of the city! Check to make sure your hotel has a good facility and plan your workouts like you do your meetings.
Don't let it kill the rally. This has happened to me far too often. I heed all the advice and spend a week away--snacking and drinking--and somehow forget to workout. If this happens to you, don't let it affect your routine at home. Taking a week off is not a big deal as long as it doesn't turn into three months!
Good luck. It's not easy but if you can sustain your momentum and take the steps needed to ensure you can hit the road and stay fit, you'll be happy you did. What tips do you have to help others maintain a healthy lifestyle while travelling?