Going hard your first night on a work trip - rookie move.
As a professional wine and spirits schmoozer, alcohol comes with the territory. In a way, there is a certain degree of talent for staying in control while mingling and sipping. It requires a good deal of self awareness and control. I have absolutely had one too many sips, in which I regretfully had to sit through hours of presentations, painfully refraining from puking. Luckily, I like to learn from past experiences and have a few go-to wellness tips and tricks for when I’m on the road traveling.
When I travel, I always remind myself that it’s ok to be out of routine. The workout I choose to do doesn’t need to be hardcore. Instead, I like to think of my workout as a way to ground myself or a strategy to transition out of work mode. Often times, my biggest challenge with traveling is the disruption of my regular daily routine. This is why I plan ahead to weave in a few things that I would normally do at home.
My number one priority is always exercise! So, how does one get the gains in during a work trip? If you have time, my favorite thing to do is research nearby fitness classes. Depending on where you stay, there may be local studios in the area. Short on time? I highly recommend downloading a fitness app in case you want to do a quick hotel room workout. I’ve used phone apps such as Nike Training and Yogaia.
Also, it’s likely that your hotel will have a fitness center. In my experience, fitness centers are usually small, but have the basics for decent strength and cardio circuits. I prefer a morning workout because it allows me to burn off anxious thoughts about the day ahead and ultimately leaves me feeling grounded. Afternoons and evenings aren’t a bad idea either, especially if you want to burn the last of your energy for a good night's rest. If you pack a workout outfit, it’s a friendly reminder that those clothes took up space in your suitcase and that you should really use them. My favorite trick is to travel in workout clothes because they’re obviously comfy, but change when I get to my destination and put that outfit outside for when I do hit the gym.
As for diet, I always like to have healthy snacks on hand. I normally get hungry every 3 hours and definitely need a snack at least twice a day. To avoid bad decisions at the vending machine, be sure to pick up some healthy snacks in advance such as trail mix, snack bars, instant oatmeal and fruits. If you’re going on a short trip, ziplock bags and tupperware containers are a great way to store away a few snacks without bringing an entire bag. Also, keep a refillable water bottle on hand to avoid paying for overpriced water. Speaking of water. The one to one rule is a good one! When you’re out drinking socially, have one glass of water to every drink consumed. Stay hydrated to avoid messy hangovers and slurred words.
And if have a feeling you’ll be hella homesick, bring along of a few comfort items such as candles, favorite t-shirts, or a portable blanket. Oh, and my last piece of advice - avoid getting actually sick by taking extra vitamin C before, during and after your trip.
Safe travels bad & beaujies :)
The ability to settle into a hot yoga class takes some finesse. It requires your mind and body to surrender in a heated room for a solid 60-90 minutes. I decided to give hot yoga a shot because of a recent back injury, in which my doctor told me to keep it “low impact” for a while. Saddened by the deadlift ban, I wanted to explore movement in different ways.
Even though I’ve taken a few classes, I still get nervous about the heat. Will I puke during class? What if I pass out two minutes in? All totally viable options, however, thankfully none of those scenarios have actually happened yet. I will say it takes a few classes to adjust to the heat and become familiar with the Bikram practice.
Bikram is universal! There are 26 poses that are traditionally practiced in a 90 minute time frame. However, many studios offer “express” hot yoga for 60 minutes along with other styles of yoga in a heated room. As a beginner, I much rather prefer the 60 minute Bikram classes. I low key love the feeling of the sweat dripping on every inch of my body. The detoxification process that happens during hot yoga is out of this world.
Although Bikram consists of the same 26 poses each class, I find it fascinating how the body reacts differently each time. Depending on the day, I may or may not be able to fully master a pose. Our bodies and minds are different every day. I find the transition from work/traffic mode to zen-ness difficult to achieve, which is why I prefer to practice early in the morning when my brain is fresh. Regardless, it feels damn good to get deeper into a pose. This happened to me recently. After getting into a pose deeper than before, my head felt clear and oddly cool, despite the hot room. Hello detoxification!
Hot yoga is raw and real. Once you step onto the mat, that time is yours to shed the things that no longer serve you and to let the practice heal you physically and mentally. Attempting to master all 26 poses while sometimes slipping and sliding is no easy task. There is no failing in yoga. The fact that you’ve showed up to the mat counts!
The secret to a long lasting friendship? Try endorphins and good eats. As someone who loves to workout, bond with friends and instagram my meals, I am a huge fan of bestie workout and brunch dates. There’s a sense of accountability once you and a gal pal lock down a date, location and time. Passionate about a certain studio, workout or instructor? Share the love with a friend! Looking to beat workout boredom? Try a new spot. It’s pretty common for workout places to offers intro specials. Cha-ching! More money in your pocket for a well deserved eggs benedict post-workout. Check out my #badnbeauj approved suggestions for the ultimate bestie workout and brunch ideas.
Long Beach Bikram & Wild Feast
A solid 90 minute bikram session will leave you dripping...literally! Located in Long Beach, visit this studio for a quick out of city getaway. It’ll feel like a mini vacation! Drive or hop on the LIRR. I’m a fan of hot yoga because it’s great for major detoxing and is an overall challenging mind/body experience. This lively, yet serene studio even has a few showers to cool off and refresh for brunch. Head over to Wild Feast for a fantastic line up fresh, seasonal eats. Their menu boasts options for those seeking grass-fed, all natural, organic options.
Flywheel & Sweetgreens
While there are a variety of cycling classes, Flywheel posts your stats on a liter board. The class is set-up to have you compete with your fellow riders. A little friendly competition never hurt nobody! The Flatiron location has a great locker room for post-ride showering. If you and girls are looking for a filling, but light option, hit up sweetgreens for a range of healthy salads. Totally insta-gramable!
Live Stream & Chill
If you’re a homebody, host a workout session at home via online classes. There are a variety of options such as yogaia, sworkit, jetsweat, etc. Feeling old school? Dust off those old workout DVDs for a throwback feel. You won’t have to go far or wait long for post-workout brunch as you can whip up a balanced breakfast in your own kitchen. Opt for a balanced meal such as scrambled eggs, keto-approved pancakes, fresh fruits and plenty of liquids for hydration.
HOW MANY ROUNDS CAN YOU COMPLETE IN 10 MINUTES?