Last week I was at a conference for work where most of the day involved sitting in meetings, and most of the evening involved standing at networking receptions. Here are my tips for staying healthy on business trips.
1. Pack healthy snacks.
Most conferences keep you well-fed, but I was glad to have my stash of healthy snacks for pre-workout fuel and to quiet my stomach when my internal clock said it was lunch time three hours before lunch would be served!
2. Find the hotel gym.
Before I leave home, I check the hotel website to make sure there is a fitness room and to get an idea of its facilities. When I check in, I verify the hours and decide how to fit my workouts in around my meeting schedule. On this trip, I hit the gym first thing in the morning.
3. Take advantage of local activities.
Garden of the Gods
Not every conference is held at a location close to a park with hiking and breathtaking views, but if it is, take advantage of it!
4. Participate in organized activities.
If your conference has a 5k run, fun walk, cycling tour, or golf or tennis tournament–sign up and participate. This conference has a 5K that I always do, and my odds are usually pretty good for being one of the first women finishers. This year there was only one other woman running and I finished first to win a $25 hotel gift card. 🙂
5. Get outside and breathe.
Even if your schedule doesn’t leave much room for the gym, or a hike, or an organized event, try to get outside and breathe.
How do you stay healthy on business trips?