I worked on Wall Street for ten years before I burned out and quit. I left a six-figure salary, great benefits, and job security. My work was challenging and for the most part I liked the people I worked with. Over time, however, I began to lose focus and physically started to deteriorate. As my responsibility grew, I started feeling the stress to perform at higher levels. I was exhausted every day and mentally unmotivated. Then I started bitching about my job to anyone who would listen, becoming a cancer in the organization.
If you travel often, the effects that flying has on your body is probably the last thing you think about. From where you’re going to park your car for the trip to how long the security line is going to be, there are so many other things that take precedence when we consider flying somewhere. But at thousands of feet in the air in a pressurized cabin for hours at a time, our bodies work overtime making sure to keep us healthy, and they can be put under a lot of stress.
Business trips are usually packed with meetings and client dinners. The options for healthy, high quality are limited and usually far out of your way. Couple that with a back-to-back schedule, unavoidable sugary meeting snacks and a lot of sitting and doing nothing and chances are you aren’t going to feel your best when you get back home.
Travel is hard on our systems, both physically and mentally. Air travel in particular has some pesky annoyances that can quickly go from annoying to having an all out tantrum. Packed security lines, being late to your flight, the crappy airline service all add fuel to the fire. Top that with sitting in a cramped metal tube thirty five thousand feet above sea level and your system can become wrecked. Airport restaurants have gotten better, but for the most part, finding a healthy meal in airport can be tough. Here are 5 simple, healthy snacks for your next flight:
Sitting down in a chair all day is really bad for you. The short-term effects are tight hips, loss of flexibility, poor circulation and digestion. The long-term effects could result diabetes, heart disease and a serious hunch-back. We all know it’s bad, and we all can’t get those nifty stand up desks or sit on a set on a purple exercise ball in an office setting. Combine the physical stress with the mental and emotional stress of life at work and the office can be a dangerous place to spend 8 – 10 hours a day. Here are a few things you can do to help.
Here at The Sweat Social, we believe in balance. So if you get a workout on your next trip, you've earned the right to have a cocktail or two! When you are on the road, it may not be appropriate to tell your Mixologist to make you a cocktail full of anti-oxidants, but when you get home you can make some great cocktails that take advantage of some miracle ingredients. Here are some tips:
A lot of people believe that exercise is the way to weight loss. It certainly helps, there’s no doubt about that, but the real driver of weight loss is proper dieting. In my opinion dieting is a lot harder than exercising. And although physical activity certainly will accelerate weight loss, it isn’t the primary driver of it. So if you are trying to lose weight by working out and think that you can stuff your face with anything you want, you probably will be disappointed by your results after the first few months (unless you work out like an Olympic athlete or have magical genetics). You simply can’t eat anything you want, do some exercise and expect to continuously lose weight.
Growing up, my dad traveled for work, a lot. I’d always look forward to him coming home. He’d usually be wearing a suit, and I’d rush the door looking for the presents he certainly brought me which usually included a few bars of chocolate a bag of honey roasted peanuts from the airline. What I only realized after I started the path of traveling for work, was that he was exhausted. Spending 5 days on the road and coming back to house chores is not so awesome.
We all know that networking events can often be dull and boring, and can sometimes feel like they drag on for much longer than they need to. Dozens of people making small talk, typing away on their smartphones to look busy, waiting until they can go home, make dinner, and hop into bed. But what if networking didn’t have to be the same, mundane scene every time?
When it's time to pack your bags for a trip, the last thing you want to make room for is your workout gear, but you should (they fold up tightly). Just because you're on a trip, it doesn't mean that your fitness routine should be on vacation. Consider the following before leaving the sneakers and sweat gear out of your suitcase:
Everyone knows that motivation is hard to come by in the winter months. With the chilly, sometimes gloomy weather outside, it can be easy to convince yourself that it’s always a good day to stay home, cozied up in your blankets and fuzzy socks. But a relaxing, restful day always feels better when you know you’ve done something productive, and knowing you’ve earned it makes it that much more enjoyable.
With Christmas only a few days away, many people are getting in that last minute shopping spree, buying for grandma, niece, uncle, and everyone in between. Finding that perfect gift can be hard work… much harder than you think. In fact, it can be so hard, you may burn a whole days worth of calories! Christmas shopping, with all of the rushing and pushing through the throngs of people downtown, can be a major workout, and can actually be a great way to burn off some of those holiday treats. Check out all of the ways you can maximize the burn of your Christmas calories without even having to think about it!
Are you a frequent traveler and also a fitness addict? Do you love seeing the world but also love keeping yourself in shape? Does work keep you on the road but you are determined to stick to your fitness routine? If you answered yes to any of these, you’re a fitsetter! Find out if you're a fitsetter here!
Whether you’re on a strict diet or just trying to keep your eating schedule on track, Thanksgiving can be intimidating. The first of the gorge-yourself, eat-until-you-can’t-move holidays of the season, it can be easy to fall off the wagon into the New Year. This holiday can be scary for some, and it’s important to know how to pace yourself throughout the day and portion throughout the meal. We want you to enjoy your evening without the stress the day often brings, so we’ve compiled some Thanksgiving Day tips to help you stay healthy this Turkey Day.
We’ve all experienced it: You wake up in the morning, ready for your flight, and fill your tummy with a delicious and hearty meal, figuring it will hold you over until you reach your destination. Three hours in, it hits you – the hunger. You panic. Frantically, you reach into the seat back pocket, pull out the menu, and find and array of disappointing and expensive options. A $9 ham and cheese sandwich. A chef salad drenched in thick buttermilk dressing. The $12 ‘healthy’ snack box filled with chocolate covered raisins and Baked Lays. You wonder where they got their definition of ‘healthy’.
It happens to the best of us. Airplane food is generally processed, bland, and undesirable, and can make you feel like you are getting your travels off to a bad start. To avoid this problem, there is a simple solution – pack your own snacks!
Though traveling can be an intensely rewarding and exciting experience, the process puts your body under stress you may not even realize. Jet lag, bloating and irregularity, and tenseness in the legs and feet are some of the not-so-appealing parts of flying, and they can make you feel a little bit off your game. Luckily, getting up and moving can be a quick fix for most of these issues, increasing your blood flow and getting your body clock back to normal.
You’ve booked your trip to New Orleans. Now comes the fun part - deciding what to do and most importantly - where to eat! This city is filled with everything from delicious bar food to white table cloth upscale dining. Nothing disappoints, except your growing waistline.
Meet Molly Kimball, a registered dietician who spearheads Eat Fit NOLA an initiative to expose gastronauts to the healthy and wholesome dishes of New Orleans. Partnering with restaurants around the city, Molly and her team identify healthier options right on the menu by placing their "Eat Fit NOLA" logo next to the reduced calorie delight. After two days of decadent dining in this city, finding an Eat Fit Nola logo next a menu item is a shining beacon of hope for your waistline.