Recently while working with a private client, I made a list of health and fitness tips for executives on the go. Whether it is a trade show, convention, or an important meeting, travel can be stressful. Here are some ways to stay healthy;
A few tips for health & exercise and travel;
Schedule 15 minutes a day for exercise first thing in the morning. This can be a quickie workout for your core. When traveling a straightforward core workout is; 100 crunches, 50 bicycles, 100 oblique crunches on the right, 100 oblique crunches on the left, flip over and try 3 sets of superman (10-15 reps each set). This will also help to maintain good posture throughout the day.
Bring protein bars or snacks with you so that your blood sugar doesn’t drop. If you go 4 hours without eating, then the next time you eat, you’ll be more likely to go for simple sugar to boost your energy. Try Quest protein bars (25 grams of protein and not just a glorified candy bar), or a hand full of trail mix; either of which will help stabilize your blood sugar.
Drink as much water as you can. Flights dehydrate our bodies, and then we are more likely to want something to quench thirst and add a pick me up (caffeine or sugar). If you can drink water on the plane, it helps.
Try a wonderful Yoga pose called Viparita Karani. In this pose you lay down on the floor, with your legs up the wall. You can put a pillow under your lower back for comfort, and if you really want to treat yourself, use a lavender scented eye pillow and spa like music .You can do it on the hotel floor with a pillow for 10 minutes before sleep.. It helps with sound sleep, especially when traveling. It also helps to regulate thyroid function.
Every time that you check your watch, relax your shoulders. Stressed out shoulders (and traps) like to jump up a bit, and that is usually made worse by stress (even good stress), so it helps to have a cue throughout the day to remember to release them.