A business traveller’s health and well-being are quickly becoming a vital part of a company’s travel policy. Business travel is often met with unhealthy eating, disrupted sleeping patterns, delayed flights, crazy meeting schedules and unfamiliar environments1 . It can often be hard to keep up with your usual routines and habits whilst in a new location.
On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behaviour becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact 2. For many people, a business trip can unravel the hard work they’ve committed to forming a routine. As a business traveller, it is important to try to continue your normal routine as it can help your mind stay focused, whether it’s for important meetings, presentations or events.
We’ve put together recommendations to help you stay on top of your health and be conscious of your well-being whilst on the road.
- Pack comfortable or exercise clothes. Try and make some time on your trip to go for a walk.
- Drink plenty of water. Stay hydrated before, during and after your flight.
- If you find meditation helps clear your mind, look ahead to see if your airport has any meditation or quiet rooms available. Alternatively, it might be worth exploring what lounge access is available.
- Whilst they’re more popular overseas in Europe and Asia, Perth Airport has bookable Sleeping Pods which are another way to regulate your sleep or a more comfortable way to nap.
- Prior to your flight don’t consume alcohol, sugar or unhealthy foods.
At the airport
- Whilst on your flight, do stretches to keeping you blood flow moving or walk around when possible.
- Stay hydrated.
- Avoid carb-heavy meals as it can make you feel sluggish and bloated. You don’t want to feel uncomfortable for your flights, especially if it’s a long haul!
- BYO snacks on the plane, such as plain nuts, fruits, or protein bars.
- Try to mimic your usual sleep routine or that of your destination.
Qantas: Whilst Qantas hasn’t implemented this into their flights yet, they are conducting health and wellness research on three long-haul flights. The research focuses on in-flight passenger and crew health and well-being. Scientists and media experts will monitor sleep patterns, food and beverage consumption, lighting, physical movement and in-flight entertainment to asses the impact on travellers and crew.3
At your hotel
- Choose a hotel with a fitness centre or swimming pool.
- If you are going to be somewhere for an extended period of time, research the location and see if there is any local exercise group you can join.
- Ask at the hotel if they have massage facilities, or if they can recommend somewhere locally.
- Ask your CTM consultant prior to travel to find a hotel that suits your needs.
Hyatt: Hyatt Hotels has recently partnered with meditation company Headspace to offer wellness programming and exercises to guests and employees at all its properties around the world.
Minimising the effects of jet-lag
- Jet-lag can lead to impaired judgement and decision making 4
- If you can prepare your body a few days prior, you can try and beat jet-lag.
- Travelling west is less confusing for circadian rhythm as it prolongs the normal day-night cycle. Travelling eastward runs in the opposite. If you suffer severely from jet-lag, try a westerly route if possible. Refer to our business travellers’ guide to minimising jet-lag
- Rehydrate after a flight and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, many people tend to get sick after travelling. By replenishing your body you can help counteract this.
- Try and get back into your regular routine (sleep, gym routine, etc.) as soon as possible.
- If your body is craving sleep whilst trying to adjust back into its regular time zone, take naps rather than straining to stay awake.
Disclaimer: CTM recommends all travellers conduct their own thorough, independent research and take out adequate travel insurance prior to travel. Please contact your health care professional if you have any concerns or queries.