Health Tips for Business Travelers

According to recent reports, business travelers are at an increased risk of health problems. A study by Columbia University shows that those who travel often are more likely to be obese, have high blood pressure, and suffer from increased stress. If you travel a lot for work, you can use the following tips to beat the odds and maintain a healthy lifestyle:

Get Plenty of Sleep

It can be difficult to sleep somewhere unusual, but if you have early/late flights constantly, maintaining a healthy sleep schedule is even more difficult. Don’t rely on catnaps in the air – make sure that most of your flights are scheduled so you can sleep a full eight hours per night.

Skip the Booze

While traveling, there’s alcohol available everywhere – in the hotel minibar, on flights, in airports, and even at business dinners. You likely wouldn’t drink several beers while eating dinner at home, so don’t drink several beers at the hotel bar either. If you must drink, choose a single glass of wine, light beer, or mix drink made with a light mixer, such as seltzer water. Make sure you drink plenty of water.

Schedule Time to Exercise

Travel can seem tiring, but it rarely qualifies as exercise. To make sure that you get as much as possible, schedule at least an hour of exercise per day. Most hotels have at least small gyms, or you can get a membership at a nation-wide gym that has locations across the country. You can also do some exercises in your hotel room or job through the neighborhood if your hotel doesn’t offer a gym facility.

Pack your Own Healthy Snacks

The snacks you can find when traveling are usually not very healthy. Instead, travel with your own snacks that are high in fiber and low in fat and sugar. Granola bars, trail mix, and other munchies are much better choices than candy bars, potato chips, and other vending machine snacks.

Most importantly, if you travel a lot for business (or even for pleasure), make sure that you monitor your health well by getting regular check-ups and invest in a good annual travel insurance plan with a great health insurance clause so you’re able to see doctors across the country or even around the world if necessary.


Allison works with rental insurance companies.

2 thoughts on “Health Tips for Business Travelers

  • May 9, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing the resource, Bethany! Participating in an online program that can travel with you is a great idea.

  • May 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks for this great article! It can be really hard to stay in shape when traveling is a big part of your life. I’m always trying to teach people exercises that are portable: incline plane, pushups, side bridges, yoga, etc. Finally, I came up with something that is truly “packable” because you probably already pack it along anyway. My online fitness studio has over 40 workout videos that can be done anywhere you have your internet access. Thanks for letting me comment!


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