I’m frequently required to travel all over the country for my job.
I spend long hours on airplanes, sitting at airports, riding in Ubers and driving rental cars.
I attend conferences, seminars and training sessions. There’s no other choice but to eat all of my meals at restaurants. My average schedule is very sedentary, making it difficult to follow a healthy lifestyle. I try to be very careful about what I order for my meals. I eat a lot of salads with the dressing on the side. Whenever possible, I stop at a market and buy some apples, bananas or grapes to munch on. I carry a water bottle with me at all times and avoid the temptation of coffee, pop and other sugary drinks. If I’m fortunate, the hotel accommodations will include a fitness center. Due to the hours I keep, I often need to fit my workout in very early in the morning or extremely late at night. I’m usually the only one utilizing the hotel’s fitness center at these odd hours. I’m able to blast my music and all of the equipment is available. However, hotel fitness centers rarely have much to choose from. I hope for a treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical and some free weights. I’m thankful when there’s enough space to unroll a yoga mat and complete my stretches. For those times when the hotel doesn’t include a fitness center, I always have my jump rope and yoga mat in my suitcase. Whether I need to workout in my hotel room, a hallway or shaded spot in the parking lot, I make fitness a daily priority.