While on business travels, you don’t only have to deal with the hours of commute, flight, and tiredness, but also deal with the fact that all your hard work and dedication for a healthier lifestyle routine can spiral out of control in just a few days travelling, and lets not even think about if you’re working abroad for a few weeks or even months!

Dietary temptations are all around you, whether you’re staying in a hotel or serviced apartment. The convenience of fast food is either available on your phone or just a few minutes walking from your accommodation, especially if you’re staying central.

People can be creatures of habit, and routines promote health and wellness through the structure. Having a routine can improve your health tremendously. Many people who don’t follow a routine suffer from stress, poor sleep, poor eating, poor physical condition, and ineffective use of time.

By now, you’ll most likely already have your daily routine at home and constantly travelling while trying to keep your routine can disrupt your healthy lifestyle.

Here are a few tips to keep your healthy lifestyle routine while your travelling.

Preparation is key

Being prepared before a business trip is of utmost importance! Think about the accommodation and the location. If you’re not booking the accommodation yourself, then let the one who is booking know what your preferences are.

Since you’re probably a busy executive, you don’t have the luxury of time to do extensive research on your accommodation or location, so a quick scan will do just fine. As long as you have enough information to keep your healthy lifestyle on track. Or better yet, let your P.A. do it!

Accommodation and location, location, location!

A selection of healthy restaurants in London

If you’re staying in a hotel, check if they have a restaurant and if they do, make sure they have a variety of healthy options. If the hotel doesn’t offer this or if you’re staying in a serviced apartment, take a look at the surroundings. Are there any restaurants in the neighbourhood? If so, do they serve healthy food? Most of the restaurants do have healthy options nowadays, but if you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you’d want to be sure! A quick search for healthy restaurants in Google in your vicinity, London city centre, for example, will give you a result of something like the picture on the left suggests.

 

If you have access to a fully equipped kitchen, like most serviced apartments offer, and you’re keen on cooking your own food, then check if there are supermarkets in the neighbourhood. And if you are one of those that are trying to keep up with the new and healthy trend of eating organic foods, then make sure that there is an organic supermarket near you.

 

And don’t forget to bring your healthy recipes with you. Preferably quick and easy since you’ll be tired of all those meetings and don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. Want to be even more prepared? Pack food containers to eat between meetings. Having a lunch meeting? Don’t hesitate to let your colleagues know your restaurant preferences, or order something healthy. Don’t be afraid to speak up! Your health comes first.

Spacious serviced apartment in Kensington, London offered by Short Stay Citizens

Do you combine your healthy eating with exercises? Then make sure there is a fitness centre in the building or in the neighbourhood. While you’re at it, check if the fitness centres have flexible or daily subscriptions.

No gym around? Not to worry! Nowadays you can find many home exercises online. However, the typical double-bed hotel room won’t quite gives you the space that you’ll probably need. Therefore, a suggestion would be to book something bigger, a suite or a spacious serviced apartment.

Plan

After you’ve done your research and gathered all the information, make a plan that is convenient for you. Like Benjamin Franklin once said: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Adapt your routine accordingly to the data you’ve gathered. Don’t forget, to have a backup plan in mind, in case your initial plan didn’t go as planned, which will mostly be the case. An example would be to carry snacks with you if a meeting is running late.

Challenge but doable

Is it a challenge to try to keep a healthy routine when you’re travelling? Yes, of course, it is! However, according to Lisa Drayer, a dietician and author, she suggests that by planning out your trip it will help you stick to your routine as much as possible.

Therefore, try to remember these tips for your next trip:

  • Prepare: Research your accommodation and surroundings for healthy restaurants, supermarkets and fitness centres at your location or in the vicinity.
  • If you do home exercises, book a spacious serviced apartment or hotel suite.
  • Plan: Adapt your routine to your information that you gathered and make a plan for your upcoming trip.

Your health is worth the challenge!


By Ronaly van der Biest, Short Stay Citizens

Based on:

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/healthy-eating-business-traveller/index.html

http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2010/global-trends-in-healthy-eating.html

http://www.nmbreakthroughs.org/daily-health/health-benefits-of-having-a-routine