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Fitness Tips for Business Travelers

Whether you travel every week for work or more sporadically, a business trip can seriously hurt your diet. Some professionals may find that they're in charge of taking clients out for full-course meals in order to spoil them, or that they're the subject of a wining and dining meal. Complete with alcohol, appetizers, and desserts, these meals can easily mean you're wolfing down hundreds more calories per day than you would at home. Especially if these trips fall during the week when you're normally more strict with your diet, you could start gaining weight quickly. Other business travelers may not have to attend such lavish dinners or parties when they go on trips, but other challenges still surface: not having time to sit down and eat well-balanced meals and opting for fast food or packaged snacks, not eating enough, or never having time to stick to any type of beneficial fitness routine.

While you can opt for healthier options at even lavish dinners, you can't give them up altogether: what will your regional manager think if you only order asparagus and pick at your salmon? If you're worried about losing your figure and entering into dangerous territory concerning your cholesterol and sodium levels, you need to make time to exercise even on business trips. Bring your tennis shoes and walk to meetings, even if you have a budget for public transportation or a car -- only use it if it's raining or at night. Also pack your bathing suit so that you can take a morning or evening swim to blast calories in even a 30-minute session. Most business-class hotels also have gyms that are open all hours, so make a commitment to yourself and your traveling colleagues to fit in a run or elliptical workout between conferences and happy hour.

You're not on an actual vacation even though you're out of town, so you should try to remember to apply the same fitness tricks from your daily life to your business trip, too. Take the stairs instead of the elevator in your hotel and when possible at offices and conferences, and during your lunch break, see if you can fit in a run or at least a brisk 15-minute walk around the city. Don't let yourself go during work trips, even if they are rare treats: it'll be easier for you to stick to health and fitness routines back home if you don't use geography as an excuse to get lazy.

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