People who travel for business two weeks or more per month report more symptoms of anxiety and depression and are more likely to smoke, be sedentary, and report trouble sleeping than those who travel one to six nights a month, according to a study conducted by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and City University of New York.
Travel for business is necessary across almost all industries. Though the aforementioned data may feel like a cloud lingering over your upcoming work itineraries, the good news is that there are ways to combat the affects of travel. The next time you pack up your briefcase and head to the airport, keep these considerations in mind:
Incorporate physical activity
Though it may not always be possible, the key to good health on business trips is to exercise whenever and wherever you can. Though it can feel difficult to fit in that workout on the road, there a number of tips and tricks that frequent business travelers can adopt.
Boost your immune system
“At the individual-level, employees who travel extensively need to take responsibility for the decisions they make around diet, exercise, alcohol consumption, and sleep,” stated Dr. Andrew Rundle,PH, associate professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health. “However, to do this, employees will likely need support in the form of education, training, and a corporate culture that emphasizes healthy business travel. Employers should provide employees who travel for business with accommodations that have access to physical activity facilities and healthy food options.”
Though this may sound like a no brainer, eating healthy on the road can be a lot more challenging than it sounds. If you’re rushing from the airport to an office building or are stuck in meetings all day, it may just be that the only convenient and accessible food options are fast food or grab-and-go.
- Drink Plenty of Bottled Water. Water will keep you hydrated and prevent dehydration, especially when traveling to a warmer location.
- Walk as Much as Possible. Walking or hiking is already the exercise of choice for many people.
- Eat Yogurt.
- Exercise in Your Hotel Room.
- Know What You’re Eating.