We’re coming towards the end of January and while many people will have seen their New Year’s resolutions drop away, a steady few will still be determinedly keeping them up. If you are one of them, then good on you. Perhaps you’ve got a business trip coming up and you’re concerned that this will spell the end of all your good intentions and good deeds.
It does not need to be this way and depending on what your resolution is, we have a few hints and tips to make sure travelling for work doesn’t throw a spanner in the works.
Do your research in advance
The chances are your business trip will be to a city or town and there will be plenty of facilities around for you to keep up with your exercise routine. The only problem is that once you arrive, you’ll probably not have time to find where they are and the opening times, so simply won’t go. Check out this information before you travel and work out when you may be able to fit a session into your schedule, then pack the minimum requirement items you’ll need, such as sportswear.
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Plan your meals
Eating on the go is one of the major areas that throws virtuous plans off in the New Year. The easiest way to get round this is to make sure you are ready for those hunger pangs. That means stuffing your bag full of healthy treats, such as fruit, nuts and salads, so they’re there for as soon as you need them. There’s nothing worse than coming out of a meeting that has overrun and heading to the nearest place to grab some food, as it’s not likely to offer what you would have chosen in a less hungry and therefore more sensible moment.
This may be a New Year’s resolution in itself or could be the gateway to helping you achieve other goals you set out at the beginning of the month. Eating a filling breakfast will not only help you to avoid snacking on unhealthy items later in the day, but will also mean you are fully charged for those all-important meetings during your trip. You’ll find a selection of breakfast items on the counter in your SACO apartment, meaning there’s no excuse to skip the most important meal of the day even if you haven’t had time to stock the cupboards after your arrival.
Instead of being a hindrance to your New Year’s resolution, your business trip could in fact help you to achieve those goals. After all, your serviced apartment is not full of temptations like your home is likely to be. No matter how much you try, it’s easy to reach for the biscuit jar in a time of weakness. Your apartment is a blank canvas and if you fill the cupboards with healthy food and avoid putting beers in the fridge or chocolate in a hidden corner, you can’t be tempted to indulge.
Do not accept peer pressure
As an adult, you’d think that peer pressure doesn’t exist anymore, but it’s still there, just in a more subtle form. And it may not be your colleagues that apply the pressure; it could be yourself. We often think that not joining in and doing the same as everyone else will leave us left out, but that’s really not the case. You don’t have to drink wine at lunchtime just because everyone else is. Think consciously about your own decisions and order an orange juice or a sparkling water instead. It won’t affect the way you are accepted into the group.
Ignore the blip
If you do find that your New Year’s resolution gets disrupted on your work trip, start again when you get home. Nobody’s perfect and travelling can easily lead to extra treats or a break in your exercise routine. Instead of throwing it all out until next year, accept that this was just a blip and resume your healthy activities at home.