These are six smart things you can do to stay healthy as an entrepreneur and still keep a busy travel schedule connecting with clients, vendors, and business partners around the globe.
- Set yourself up for success
Take a moment to create a system for communication and effective internal problem solving at your office before you leave. Make sure your employees know who to contact with questions and where to go to find any materials they might need while you’re away. Frontier Business offers up a solid guide if you’re not sure where or how to start preparing your office for your time away.
- Plan for a comfortable plane ride
- Hold yourself accountable
- Be strategic about dining out
In an interview with U.S. News, Elisabetta Politi, nutrition director at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center suggests that business travelers avoid the menu at restaurants altogether and opt for a build-your-own salad instead. "When we go out to restaurants, we want to eat what we won't eat at home," which often leads to poor dietary choices, says Politi. "If you don't look at the menu, you won't be tempted."
- Don’t count on having a hotel gym
In an interview with Forbes, health and fitness mogul Jillian Michaels advised business travelers who do not have access to a hotel gym to, “Buy a guest pass at a local gym for a nominal fee.” She adds that travellers should also, “Travel with resistance tubing. It's cheap, light weight and in conjunction with your own body weight resistance you can get a thorough full body workout even in the smallest of hotel rooms.”
- Avoid the downward spiral
In an interview with Nomadic Matt, Steve Kamb recommends employing what he calls the “Never 2” rule to avoid snowballing into unhealthy eating habits on the road.
He explains this simple yet effective concept by saying “If you miss a day of exercise for whatever reason, don’t allow yourself to miss two days in a row. If you eat one bad meal, that next meal should be healthy. Never two in a row.”
Sticking to healthy habits as you travel isn’t easy. Add on the fact that you’re actually working during your trip, and this difficulty multiplies. The good news is, the more you travel while implementing health-conscious behavior, the easier it becomes to be a globe-trotting entrepreneur without compromising your wellness. Because the satisfaction and reward of building your own career or business shouldn’t come at the cost of your health.
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