How I Stay Motivated While Traveling for Work
Let's face it, traveling for business is hard enough, throwing in healthy eating and working out is almost impossible. However, in order to keep your goals in mind while enjoying a cocktail with your favorite colleague; here are a few things I do to help keep me stay on track.
1. When booking my hotel, I always check out the gym. If I can't find a hotel close to meetings with a decent gym, I try and scope out the scene prior to booking. Meaning, is there a good workout class nearby? Something that looks intriguing to try out? Changing it up isn't a bad thing! Yes, there is a ton of prep work, but its totally worth it.
2. Plan out your days; for instance, if you are going away on a 2 day work trip, either front load your workouts and only do one workout while traveling. If you're traveling on a Wednesday/Thursday, workout Sunday - Tuesday, then when you get to your location wake up early and workout Wednesday morning, skipping Thursday and workout Friday. That gives you 5 days and a much needed rest day.
3. Pack your gym clothes first. I always lay out my gym clothes first to get myself in the right mindset I will pack for the number of days that I'm away (yes, even if I count one as a rest day). You never know how you'll feel. Maybe you have extra motivation on that "rest day" and want to work out - now, you're prepared. Also, don't forget whatever extra gym accessories you use at home, headphones, arm band; etc.
4. Working out early is tough enough, try working out early while traveling. Woof. But, it can be done. How I do it? I sleep in my gym clothes. Plus, it limits my clothes in my carry on (No PJ's!). I'll set my alarm for 15 mins before I need to actually work out and then hop out of the bed, brush my teeth, throw my hair in a pony tail, grab my headphones and leave. This way, no excuses, you've already done half the work.
5. Portion control is your best friend. Let's be honest, grabbing cocktails and appetizers and/or large meals is the name of the game when traveling. If you're in sales like me, entertaining clients is 75% of the gig. So, I make sure that it's either a "cheat day" or I'll eat a banana and nuts or a protein shake beforehand to make sure I don't over indulge. Also, when I say "cheat day" I don't think of it as eating anything and everything. But, if I slip up and eat a little extra then its OK.
Happy (work) Traveling!