Your health might be the last thing on your mind while you are traveling for business. Who has time during the fast paced environment of business travel. It is important, however, to take care of yourself amidst all the hussle to avoid derailing your productivity with health issues. Here are five ways that you can better take care of yourself while traveling for work:
By now you are probably aware of the things you are going to encounter during your business trip that will really set you off. It might be the risk of having your luggage lost or the prospect of having to fight through a crowded airport. If at all possible, you need to try and plan for these things ahead of time. If your trip is going to be a short one try to pack all of your belongings in a carry on bag and try to schedule a flight during hours with less traffic. Identify your stressors ahead of time and figure out what you need to do to avoid them. This will go a long way in making your trip more enjoyable.
It is a common misconception that while you are on a business trip you will be working constantly. Obviously this is the purpose of the trip, but you need to make sure that you are leaving plenty of time to get enough sleep in. A lack of sleep affects everything from memory to immune systems, and your chances of having a healthy trip increases with the amount of sleep that you get in.
It’s very easy to give in to convenience while you are traveling, but, in regards to your diet, you will regret it later. Take the time and effort to plan out meals that won’t ruin your diet and will contribute to your health. The deep-fried food that you will find in the airport after a long flight will be tempting, but foods like these will leave you unsatisfied and needing to eat again in no time. Opt for more nutritious restaurants, or better yet bring along healthy snacks like protein bars and trail mix to hold you over until you can find food that will fit into your diet. The same goes for exercising. You don’t have to pause your routine while you are traveling. Most hotels now have very adequate gyms as part of their accommodations. Try taking advantage of it while you are on some down time. If your schedule is looking too tight for that you can look up some quick exercises that you can do anywhere, even while seated on your flight.
Sometimes being in an unknown place can be intimidating and the idea of just spending your spare time hanging out in your room can seem much more appealing. It is easy, however, to get into a funk this way. You are already in a strange place away from all your friends and family, and sitting in a strange room by yourself can really get you down. Make an effort to get out and explore the city you are visiting for a little while. Look up what some of the must see attractions or restaurants are in the area and plan to go by them. It will be much better for your moral and productivity. You don’t want to be that person that goes back home without any souvenirs or travel stories. Go explore!
A lot of these things listed could be remedied by playing private instead of commercial. You don’t have to worry about having lost baggage on a private flight and often times the scheduling can be flexible. Private flights are also more comfortable providing a better space to relax, stretch out, and even sleep. Private flights are also often times much cleaner than commercial flights that may not get cleaned in between tightly scheduled flights. This makes it a lot easier to pick up germs or other bacteria that will leave you feeling under the weather. Aside from the health benefits, private flight even becomes a much more cost effective option when flying a group of people to your destination. It’s a no-brainer if you are interested in having a stress free comfortable business trip.