9 Tips for Eating Right and Staying Fit When Traveling For Work

You can work-out in your room with a workout DVD. Credit: Reuters/Karna Kurata, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants/Handout

You can work-out in your room with a workout DVD. Credit: Reuters/Karna Kurata, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants/Handout

Do your New Year’s resolutions include working out, eating better, losing weight, and all the other health-related “shoulds”?

When you’re an event professional who travels for work, it’s not easy eating healthily and staying fit on the road. While working a trade show, your only options may be the food court with pre-packaged meals, or the restaurant with portions as large as your laptop.

To make 2015 your healthiest year yet, try these healthy lifestyle tips from our team of event professionals who make their health a priority while traveling.

Why do you choose to eat well and be fit?
“Endorphins, the brain’s naturally occurring narcotic. When the craziness of the trade show industry throws me a curve, I head for the gym and workout hard, then wait… The endorphin rush gives me the attitude to take whatever comes my way and keep me positive!” – Rose Faler, Account Director

“Because I want to be a good example for my family and live a long, healthy life. You only get one body in which to live your life.” – Karen Whittaker, Account Manager

What are your tips for eating well while working / traveling to a trade show?
“Drink LOTS of water. Use a refillable container because now most airports have those nice bottle filling stations so you don’t have to pay those crazy airport prices.” – Jennifer McNerney, Director of Account Management

“Pack a travel blender and pick up some bananas to make protein smoothies.” – Karen Whittaker, Account Manager

What are your tips for exercising while working / traveling to a trade show?
“If I’m traveling in my own time zone, I always pack work out clothes should I have an opportunity to work out. It is easier to workout in my own time zone since my body is already trained to fit a workout into the day.” – Rose Faler, Account Director

“Bring exercise DVDs and workout clothes so you can exercise in your room at your own convenience.” – Karen Whittaker, Account Manager

Anything else?
“As soon as I return from a trip, I get back to my regular workout routine immediately. Keeping a workout routine is an important part of staying fit.” – Rose Faler, Account Director

“Just doing it (exercise that is) – sort of a Nike thing – in other words, I never regret when I GO, but I always regret when I DON’T GO.” – Jennifer McNerney, Director of Account Management

“REST and lots of water. Also, a FitBit or other step tracker can help keep you motivated to move. You can get A LOT of steps on the show floor!” – Karen Whittaker, Account Manager

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