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Staying Healthy On the Road

This week I’m in Vegas to attend a trade show for one of my clients. The. Whole. Week. From travel itself, the long hours and indulgent (and often very late) client dinners to time zone differences and living out of a hotel room for extended periods of time, business travel is much less sexy than most people imagine. All of the above factors make it a real challenge to stay healthy and on top of your game while on the road.

It’s tempting to skip the gym and head for the bar for a glass of wine after an exhausting day. Or eat a huge dinner because you haven’t been able to grab anything substantial throughout the course of the day.

But giving in to those temptations can make you feel lethargic and permanently tired. Plus, they ensure you’ll need two full days of recuperation when you get home, instead of being able to jump back in to your personal life as soon as you return!

These are some of my favorite tips to stay bright-eyed and bushy-tailed so you can impress clients and make yourself happy.

  1. Bring all your favorites. Staying healthy is all about preparation and feeling good about yourself. Pack all your favorites so you can feel your best every day – lotion, headphones, lipstick and anything else that makes you feel like you’ve got the world on a string. Feeling confident while traveling will lead to health choices! 
  2. Drink water (first) every chance you get. On the plane. At a meeting. In your hotel room. Make sure you have constant access to water and opt for it every time you’re given a choice. If you’re out with a client or coworkers, drink two glasses of water before you start in on wine and then another glass of H2O in between every drink. The more hydrated you are, the better you will feel.
  3. Make a workout every day non-negotiable — even if its only for 30 minutes. Some physical activity will get your heart pumping, burn some calories and make it easier to get back in to your workout regime when you get home.
  4. Bring flats. You never know how long you’re going to be standing or what kinds of crazy errands you might have to run. Flats are a must.
  5. Melatonin. If you’re like me, and falling asleep in hotel rooms can be a challenge (despite the super cozy beds), melatonin is a lifesaver. A natural supplement, it helps your body decompress so you can get much-needed rest.
  6. Research before your trip. Identifying where the gym in your hotel is and where you can find healthy food options will make you much more likely to take advantage of them.
  7. Bring your own snacks. Kind bars and fresh fruit are my favorites. Don’t rely on anyone else to make sure you have healthy options in case you don’t have time for lunch. 

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    Paige Robinson
    November 14, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Great tips Laura! Having a coworker with you to do all of these things with helps too! #squadgoals

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