WELLNESS ON THE ROAD
Remember your New Year’s Resolution to go to the gym every day, eat healthy, and lose “X” number of pounds? It seemed like a great idea in theory, but when you mix in the surprises of everyday life, PLUS working in the event industry, well… we all know what happens next.
If you’re like me, you’ve read countless articles and lists on how to stay healthy by eating well and you have tried new workout classes, or twisted yourself into a position you couldn’t get out of because that one celebrity said it was a MUST to staying trim (and if it worked for her then it just had to work for you too, right???).
Those lists and classes are great for your average person who doesn’t have to travel for work or find themselves working 15 hour days to pull off an insane proposal or event. These tips are for the professionals who find themselves on the road a lot or consistently in the midst of stressful and busy work days.
So how can you stay healthy while operating programs or traveling to site inspections or not leaving your desk for 9 hours to crank out that program winning proposal?
Well, it’s not easy, but you can incorporate some practices to help keep you going and feeling normal even when life isn’t.
1. Plan ahead (if you can!). If you know that you have a twelve day program coming up, you’re most likely spending every single work day prepping to make sure the program is a huge success, but what about prepping for yourself?
The biggest thing you can prep is snacks! My rule is always have a protein bar in your purse or snacks in your desk. Personally I have protein bars, nuts, dried mango, and peanut butter at my desk at all times in case I find myself stuck and unable to leave. Healthy snacks will help keep your energy levels up and will help keep you from binge eating horrible food later.
2. Choose wisely. Sometimes when it comes to events, delicious food is involved and cannot be avoided (“bummer,” said no one). The trick is to stay balanced. If you know you have a tasting with your caterer in the afternoon, maybe put down the bagel and opt for that Greek yogurt and fruit for breakfast instead.
3. Stay hydrated. The last thing you want is to find yourself dehydrated and fatigued from not drinking enough fluids. Always have a water bottle on you and take any opportunity you can to refill it.
4. Take breaks! I know what you are all thinking (or yelling at your screen right now), easier said than done, right? But just hear me out! I am not saying go take a 4 hour long break and let your work fall to the wayside, I am talking about finding little moments to breathe and re-focus your energy.
If you are stuck at your computer all day, take five minutes to walk outside and breathe fresh air. If you just spent the last two hours throwing linens and moving tables two inches at a time to make them justttt right, then walk away and sit down for five minutes in a quiet space. Taking small moments of time for yourself will help keep you from burning out.
5. Finally, sneak in workouts. If you have hours to kill and have time to hit the gym, then do it! But if you barely have time to go to the bathroom let alone even think about hitting a treadmill, then find other ways to exercise. Try to do a short walk around the hotel property after dinner, or even ten minutes of stretching before bed. What you need is to try to find any little way to reconnect with your body and de-stress after a long day.
It’s never easy to take time for yourself when you are stressed or busy, but it is something everyone should get in the habit of doing because the better you take care of yourself, the better you will perform. You’ll thank yourself later for it!