5 Easy Ways To Stay Healthy On The Road
From the desk of Stacy Slawitsky, RYT...
For several years, I was a corporate road warrior, traveling to many parts of the country, sometimes for weeks at a time. Let’s face it: work travel can take its toll on your mind and body, and it's hard to stick to good habits when your daily schedule is always changing.
Contained within part 1 of this 4-part Road Warrior series are some techniques that helped me stay fit on the road, whether in the glitz and glam of Manhattan or the southern comfort of Tennessee.
1. Plan ahead: Make a restaurant “hit list” before you go
Before you depart, take 10 minutes to cruise the internet for restaurants in your destination that you may enjoy. For example, I love sushi so would make it a point to find the hottest sushi restaurants in the places I was visiting. If you are at the mercy of other coworkers and clients, check out the menu before you go. Remember it takes 500 extra calories a day to gain a pound a week so one indulgent meal won’t kill you.
2. Make a picnic: Pack snacks for the airport
With approximately 18% of flights delayed, in 2011 (Bureau of Transportation Statistics) why be at the mercy of expensive airport vendors selling processed food if hunger strikes. Invest in a small cooler bag and pack wholesome snacks like cut up vegetables, fruit or hard-boiled eggs. Or ditch the cooler bag and pack a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread.
3. Break a sweat: Exercise
First, see if your hotel gym suits your physical fitness needs. If not, see if the hotel concierge can arrange a complimentary visit to a local gym in the area. If you travel to one place frequently, some gym managers will put you on a guest list. It doesn’t hurt to ask!
4. Lead not into temptation: Say goodbye to the minibar
You arrive at the hotel, exhausted from your trip and craving sugar to stay awake. Enter…the minibar. Don’t let yourself be susceptible to the cost and calories resulting from a minibar raid. Upon hotel check in, request minibar removal. Some hotels charge for this but if you are a preferred guest they will usually waive the fee. Your body will thank you!
5. Land safely: Meditate
It’s easy to feel anxious and literally "up in the air" while being on the road. This grounding meditation can help; envision a bungee cord extending from your low belly all the way to the center of the earth. Envision that cord was green or if you have a really hard time grounding envision it being half green/half brown. Note this visualization can be done at any time during the day so ground away!
If you come back from your trip and were not able to execute on some of the tips mentioned above (at the expense of your waistline), remember, if you can gain it you can lose it! So be kind to yourself and return to your regular fitness routine upon your arrival.
Calling all road warriors, what are some of your tips to staying healthy on the road?
Stacy Slawitsky, RYT
Certified Yoga Teacher
Stacy's journey with yoga began in Manhattan as a means to relieve the stress of a demanding job on Wall Street. Her discovery of PranaVayu-Vinyasa yoga opened her mind and body in transformational ways. Her passion to share these practices with others led her to complete her 200-hour PranaVayu teacher training with founder David Magone.
Stacy continues to further her training through Buddhist meditation and philosophy workshops with the Buddhist Chaplain of Harvard University, Lama Migmar Tseten, and yoga instructors throughout Boston and New York. Her yoga classes encourage students to be kind to themselves by practicing patience and positivity with their asana practice, while playing a variety of good tunes along the way.