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 :)
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I received my Personal Trainer Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2016.