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  Travel Fit - Corporate Well-Being

Travelling for work and living out of Hotels may not be as exotic as it sounds, especially for the frequent business traveler. For Functional, as a leading Corporate Health & Well-being provider, a large number of the people we deal with are frequent travelers and time after time I hear the same complaints.

  •  I constantly feel tired and lethargic in meetings?
  •  I Feel drowsy and always dehydrated coming out of planes and trains
  • I’m sick and tired of airport food, eating out and too much alcahol?
  • I can’t maintain my exercise program, lose motivation, feel stiff and often with low back pain.


Planes, trains and extended time on the road can give our already over sedentary lifestyle a push over the edge. More often than not, cramped into seats that have become decreasingly smaller over the last few years, or dare should I say, we have become increasingly larger. Overly air conditioned planes, that leave us feeling dehydrated and come winter time, this is a fantastic place for spreading bugs and colds.

Then there is the food, it’s nearly impossible to find healthy options in many airports and train stations. Eating in hotels can become a burden on the waist line, business dinners, night after night and this is usually accompanied with an alcoholic beverage or two, that can sometimes follow on to the hotel bar.
Overall, we’re neglecting vital components of Well-being, such as sleep, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle balance. Now, if you have some specific weight loss or sports, exercise related goals, then this is not going to help at all. This leads to frustration, poor performance and lack of energy and this is not going to help you reach your goals, improve your productivity or energy at work. Which is something we also need to consider in this highly competitive age.
 So, what’s the solution?
Planes & Trains; It’s all about making the best possible choices in each situation. If stuck at the airport or train station, look for a juice bar. Load up on water, not caffeinated drinks. Limit sugary snacks. Do you really ‘need’ that airplane food? More often than not, it’s overly processed and fat laden and you’re only eating it, as it’s presented to you!  Find raw nuts or fruit to snack on, until you find a Healthy option. This will help maintain a more constant energy level throughout the day. Use the stairs, not the escalators to keep the body moving.  Simple, but take note how little people do this.
At the Hotel; Set the alarm 15mins early. Focus on doing some stretching, get the body moving first thing in the morning. This will help mobilize the myo-fascial system of the body, which will no doubt be blocked and ‘tight’ from travelling and sitting in business meetings. Even better, have an Fitness Expert give you an individualized Hotel based programme, this will hold you accountable and it can be tailor made to suit your goals and time frames.
Eating out; it’s all about making the best choice of what is available. Opt in for salads, lean meats, poultry or fish preferably grilled or baked as opposed to fried. No need for extra salt, just because it’zs on the table. Limit creamy sauces or ask to have them put on the side. Replace the frits for vegetables. Cut out the bread, especially white bread and Do you really need that desert?

Discipline is going to be a key ingredient here. How much do you want to achieve your goal, feel better, and improve work productivity and energy? If you want this bad enough, then self control and will power are needed. However, by making some simple changes, you will instantly feel better. Find the motivational cues that keep you on task, focus on ‘how good’ you feel when you do make the right choices and keep that in mind.
Functional, Corporate Health & Well-being Division houses an Expert Team of Trainers and Specialists that can customize bespoke Business Fit programs for you or your company. Get in touch today to find out how we can help you feel better, increase productivity and maximize your potential.

Richard Earney
Functional Director