Seven tips to make your business travels healthier
Travelling for work may make you the envy of your friends and colleagues, but being away from home can be tough on your body. At Staying Cool, we’ve played host to thousands of business people over the years and here are our top tips for working hard yet staying in shape:
1) Get the balance right
If you’re away for just one night a year then we insist that you make the most of it and just have lots of fun! But if you work away from home regularly you might want to give some thought to how to stay in shape.
2) Planning is vital
Take light exercise gear with you on every trip and try to schedule some exercise into your days. Business trips can be hectic, but try to make exercise a priority. Walk to your work or meeting place if you can. Taking some time out will do your body and your mind good.
3) Stay in your groove
- Runner? Get online and find out where the best runs are close to your accommodation. Runkeeper is simple to use and global
- Missing classes? There are some excellent free workouts online. All you need is good Wi-Fi and you’re off. For this routine, all you need to get fit is a pair of chairs
- Swimmer? Hotel pools can be disappointingly small and unsuitable for swimming lengths. Ask whoever books your accommodation to check this before you pay a premium for the pool or check out nearby public pools online. We also find that hunting down local lidos and doing some outdoor swimming always pays dividends. Research seems to show that a cool dip is brilliant for your health.
- Fitness phobic? There are free workouts available for beginners on the NHS Fitness Studio. Work on your fitness while you are away from the surprised looks of your family and friends. You’ll show them!
4) Embrace your inner squirrel
Business travel can play havoc with your eating habits and you may be surrounded by tempting biscuits and pastries at meetings. When you are travelling on business make sure that you always have a store of low-GI, nutritious snacks – such as nuts or seeds – on you. It could be a conversation opener at meetings too.
6) Get out!
Get as much fresh air as you can. Rent a bike (you can rent Bromptons close to us at Moor Street station) or get walking and search out green spaces. After a hard day’s work, it will do your body good and clear your mind.
5) Cooking is cool
Ordering room service or eating restaurant food can be tough on the waistline and arteries. If you work away regularly, checking into a serviced apartment might be good for your health: you’ll have a kitchen and the opportunity to prepare fresh, simple food. A ready meal on the healthy side could be a good compromise (there are five supermarkets within a five-minute walk from us). We’ve prepared a Dining In section as part of our Guest Guide that we hope you’ll find useful.
7) Breakfast like a king, but not King Henry VIII…
A full English breakfast is a thing of wonder, but it’s not always the wisest choice as far as your health is concerned. Why not pick a place to stay where you can choose a healthier start to the day without bacon smells wafting at you from the breakfast buffet? At our Rotunda serviced apartments in Birmingham, for example, we provide guests with locally sourced granola, jumbo oats, fresh milk and squeezing oranges plus grapefruit.
So there you go. Seven healthy travel tips. Do you have any to share? Let us know your top tips on how you stay healthy when away from home.
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