My job requires me to travel a lot.
I swear that I spend more time on the road than at home.
I am constantly waiting at airports, sitting on planes, driving rental cars and sleeping at hotels. I attend tons of conferences, training sessions and work related meetings. While I’m living out of a suitcase, it’s difficult to follow healthy habits. I eat nearly every meal at restaurants. I order lots of salads, fruit and fish. When possible, I try to buy an apple, granola bars or a fruit smoothie to get by. Working out is also a challenge. I make an effort to devote approximately an hour every day to physical fitness. My job is so sedentary that getting strenuous exercise is extremely important. Without stretching my muscles, I’d get super sore and stiff. Without some dedicated aerobic activity, I’d put on a ton of weight. Trying to remain strong, fit and healthy, I am determined to make time for my workouts. Sometimes, the hotels include a fitness area. The lower end fitness centers are nothing more than a stationary bike and some free weights. The better hotels offer all a wide range of machines and equipment and plenty of space to unroll a yoga mat. Now and then, the hotel doesn’t provide any way to workout. I always pack a jump rope in my suitcase. I find a spot within the hotel room, in the parking lot or a nearby park and workout there. It’s always a relief to spend some time at home, where I have my own workout equipment set up. I’m able to eat better, sleep better and take much better care of myself.