A new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine says that road warriors are nearly twice as likely to be obese as those who don’t travel frequently for work, and have higher blood pressure and lower HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
It’s easy to let healthy habits go by the wayside when you’re on the road, but staying healthy is as important to your career, and well being, as anything else.
Here are a few tips from the Mayo Clinic that will make staying healthy on the road easier:
- Wear your walking shoes on your trip to your destination and home. If you're traveling by plane, walk through the terminal while you're waiting for your flight. If you're traveling by train, take a stroll through the cars.
- When you arrive, check out the nearest fitness facilities. If there isn’t much to choose from in the way of traditional facilities, make do with what you have. Go to local parks or trails, climb the stairs, or use an online aerobics program.
- Set a workout schedule as soon as you arrive, and stick to it. Exercise at the same time of the day as you do at home, if possible. Sticking to your normal routine may also help you adjust to time changes.
And make sure you’re covered if you need to see a physician while you’re traveling. USI Affinity’s Corporate International Insurance Solutions has options that cover the cost of medical care across the country and internationally.