Men’s Health: Why Working Out During Work Travel is So Important

As anyone who works out knows, it’s difficult to maintain a regiment while at home, let alone while traveling.

However, missing a workout or two while away won’t be the end of the world, it can be rather detrimental to your plan. Even if you aren’t working out regularly, it’s probably even more so. Traveling can be harsh on a person who is health conscience, and here’s the reasons why it’s important to maintain a workout while away for work.

Lack of Proper Nutrition

One of the most important parts of working out is maintaining a proper diet. This can be extremely difficult while on the road. Airports, airplanes and restaurants can be easy places for you to break your diet.

While you can find healthy options, you may be tempted to eat something that you normally wouldn’t. Let’s face it. You don’t want to be the guy ordering a salad in Philly while there’s a perfectly good cheesesteak to be eaten. Even if you don’t cave into temptation, you’re most likely going to be eating food that aren’t as healthy as you would like, after-all, you’re traveling and can’t exactly control what you are eating like at home.

Honestly, it’s probably not going to be disastrous if you eat something not exactly healthy every once in awhile, but it could become a habit while traveling. This means that it’s even more important to workout so that you can burn off those calories.

Alcohol Consumption

We all know that alcohol is full of empty calories, but unless you’re fanatical about health, you’re most likely going to partake.

This is even more true while away for business. Just like depriving yourself of a cheesesteak, you don’t want to be an outcast in front of your peers, or just simply enjoying life. Let’s say that you go out with some people to celebrate the closing of a big business deal. There’s nothing wrong with having a drink or two. You’re not in college anymore, so you don’t need to go overboard, but you’ll need to work those empty calories out tomorrow.

Time Restraints

It’s hard enough to find time to workout while home, let alone while traveling.

Besides the traveling itself, working and having meetings, time can easily slip away. Fortunately, you can get some exercise while boarding your flight, there’s walking and carrying luggage for example. Unfortunately, that’s not enough.

While time is a huge factor to consider, there are several workouts that you can do while in your hotel room. Even if that’s a problem, you can always do lots of walking. Walk around the airport before your flight departs. Walk on the airplane while in flight. And, walk from your hotel room to the business meeting if possible.

Lack of Equipment/Physical Activities

Just like nutrition and time, equipment is another key element of working out that you may not have access to like you would at home.

However, that’s no excuse to skip a workout. There could be a fitness center in your hotel, even if it’s not great it’s better than nothing. And, as mentioned above, there are exercises you can do in your room.

Also, sitting in an airport, airplane and meetings means that you’re obviously not staying in motion. With this lack of physical activity, it’s even more important that you get moving.

Because Working Out is Good For You. Duh.

At this point in your life you should be well aware that working out is good for you.

Besides keeping the fat off, exercising is great for your heart, sleep, mood and is excellent for burning off some steam. Traveling can be stressful enough, now add the pressure of an important business meeting. Working out will not only relieve that stress, it will also keep you aware, focused, rested and pleasant when you need to be.

Breaking the Cycle

Working out requires a dedicated routine, and it doesn’t take long to break that routine.

If you’ll be away for several days, you may not be able to exercise, as we all know. However, skipping those couple of days could be just enough to end your workout regiment. To avoid this, be certain to exercise at least a couple of times while away.

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