Tips to keep your healthy routine on business trips

Meyken Houppermans, PhD. CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
Founder and Head Coach
How to keep your healthy habits, when your routine is disrupted because of a business trip or you have to stay home to take care of a sick family member? The key: Act as if as much as possible.

Tip 1: Pretend you are at the office

-       Set your alarm clock, put on your business suit and  “go” to work.

-       Move around like you would at the office: walk around, take the stairs even though you’re not really going anywhere.

-       Have lunch at lunchtime, if possible go outside for a walk.

-       Create a workspace that is not in your sight 24/7 and you can “leave” fromat the end of the day, just as your office.

-       Stick to regular working hours as much as possible. Leave your phone and laptopon your desk.

-       Go to bed at regular hours.

Tip 2: Pretend you are at the gym 

-         Plan your workouts in your agenda and put your gym bag in sight

-         Find the nearest gym or google Hotel workouts

-         Put on your gym clothes

-         Call your workout buddy and do a workout together as an online conference call

-         Set goals: how many burpees are you going to do in your room today?

-         Share your goals with your buddies and support each other with an online high five!

Tip 3: If you want to eat healthy, do it!

-         Buy or order groceries: veggies, fruits, whole wheat products, meat, fish, vegetarian alternatives. A disrupted routine is not an excuse to buy sweets or alcohol.

-         In case you have temptations laying around: throw or give them away!

-         Prepare your meals like you would normally do and eat at regular hours. Or, ask the hotel or conference place to prepare a healthy meal to your likes. 

Tip 4: Put reminders in sight

What is in our sight, gets our attention. And what gets attention, will grow. So put your gymbag, a bowl of fruit or a meditation mat in sight.   

Create your own health!©