Business Travel Health Tips For Business Travelers In Athens

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Staying healthy while travelling can be a challenge. Between the blur of jet lag and sleepless nights, dining out with clients, hectic schedules and lack of exercise, business travel can take a toll on your health if you’re not careful.

Thankfully, healthy habits are easier to integrate into your business travel than you may realise. Being conscious and aware of the decisions you make throughout your business trip can make a significant difference. Let’s look at some of the healthy actions you can take to prioritise your wellbeing while traveling for work.

Tip 1: Do not skip the breakfast
Food gives us the energy we need to feel our best and stay productive. Skipping breakfast is never a good idea, especially if you’re on the go. You’ll find yourself needing to eat more later in the day, increasing the chance you’ll grab whatever unhealthy options are available. If you cannot stomach a large, nutritious breakfast first thing in the morning, drink a smoothie or make a light and refreshing fruit salad. 

Tip 2: Prepare healthy snacks
When travelling for business, it’s easy to fall into the trap of eating unhealthy and overpriced food at odd hours. Unfortunately, this can sap our energy and leave us more vulnerable to illness. 

Eating healthy while travelling for business is much easier when you plan ahead. Travelling with light and healthy snacks will ensure you have something nutritious on hand when hunger inevitably strikes. We recommend packing non-perishable food for travel, such as mixed nuts, muesli bars or trail mix. Perishable food might include fresh fruits and raw veggies. 

Tip 3: Stay hydrated
Staying healthy while travelling for work means keeping your H2O levels topped up. Water is a powerful elixir. Not only can it help relieve the symptoms of jet lag and fatigue, but it can also boost your immune system, rejuvenate dehydrated skin, as well as ease thirst and irritability. 

We recommend drinking as much water as possible when travelling. Choosing water over a soft drink, juice and alcohol reduces the number of calories you consume and you’ll find yourself eating less since our bodies often confuse thirst for hunger. For even more health benefits, try adding lemon to your water. 

Tip 4: Eat healthier meals out
Dining out is almost unavoidable during business travel. Thankfully, in Athens, it’s possible to find restaurants that offer fresh ingredients and healthier meals. Skip appetisers and dessert.

Tip 5: Increase your vitamin intake
From all the handshakes at business events to the recycled airplane air, it’s extra important while travelling for business to keep your immune system strong. To make it easy to remember to take them, place your daily multivitamins and probiotics in a clear plastic bag with your toothbrush. 

Tip 6: Avoid alcohol
It can be easy to drink more alcohol than you should when travelling for business. Between airport lounges, hotel happy hours and entertaining clients after work, the number of drinks (and calories) can really add up, quicker than you might expect. Limit the number of alcoholic drinks you consume each day and plan ahead. Why? Not only do alcoholic drinks contain a huge amount of calories, they can also cloud your judgement and impact your ability to enjoy a restful sleep.

Tip 7: Make time to exercise
A lack of exercise when travelling can be extremely damaging to your health. Before booking your hotel, check whether there’s a gym, park, trail or swimming pool nearby to keep you on track with exercise. 

Don’t skip working out because you don’t have enough time. Make time — even if you have to break it into chunks of 15 minutes, twice a day. Whatever you choose, plan your schedule accordingly and you might even be able to take advantage of your jet lag with an early morning run or late night training session. Giving your body the exercise it deserves and your mind a break will help you better manage the stress of business travel.

Take the stairs whenever possible. You can even try doing a few discreet laps around the airport while making your preflight phone calls. 

An extra tip: If you pack workout clothing and shoes, you’ll find it easier to fit in exercise time during your business trip. 

Tip 8: Prioritise sleep
Getting enough sleep is crucial to performing well on your business trip. But getting your forty winks can be a challenge when you’re travelling. Whether you’re battling with a long flight, a timezone change, an uncomfortable hotel bed or a noisy room, you’re almost guaranteed to fall behind on sleep. Here are some ideas to set yourself up for sleep success:

  • Power down all your electronic devices at least half an hour before bed, to give your body the chance to release melatonin and make you drowsy
  • Take a hot shower one to two hours before bed
  • Practice deep breathing exercises
  • Drink a cup of chamomile or peppermint tea
  • Head to the hotel gym to exercise before bed
  • Resist the urge to check emails at bedtime and let yourself rest

Tip 9: Wash your hands
To avoid falling ill on your business trip, wash your hands thoroughly whenever you get a chance, especially before eating. Pack a hand sanitiser and vitamin C in your carry-on luggage. 

Tip 10: Minimize stress
Arriving at your airport ahead of time can help alleviate unnecessary stress. To minimize stress when travelling for work:

  • Plan your transport ahead of time – Booking a vehicle through a reliable transport company such as Athens VIP Taxi will ensure you arrive on time to your next destination
  • Pack your luggage a few days before your flight, rather than last minute – Use a checklist to make sure you don’t forget any essential items
  • Plan to arrive at the airport early – For long international flights, plan your transport so that you arrive at the airport two to three hours before takeoff. For domestic flights, plan to arrive one to two hours before your flight. This will ensure that you clear customs, security, and arrive at your gate in time for boarding.

 

Contact Athens VIP Taxi on +30 6980 84 7780 today to book your very own chauffeured vehicle and reduce your stress when travelling for work. Athens VIP Taxi offers luxury chauffeured transportation options throughout Athens including executive and luxury European sedans, large people movers and mini-coaches.

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  • Greg ·  March 7, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    I think your health is one of the more major considerations when traveling, and everyone should vary in their health when traveling. Never let such activities hinder your health.

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