Staying Fit and Healthy on the Road

Staying Fit and Healthy on the Road

Business travelers are finding the benefits of staying fit and eating healthy while traveling for work.

A survey by TripAdvisor revealed that over half of all travelers like to exercise and eat right during their trips—and those who don’t, often feel guilty about it.

Responding to the demands of fitness-conscious travelers, 84% of hotels now offer on-site exercise facilities, up from 63% eight years ago. Some hotels even offer specialty fitness classes, on-demand workout videos, or equipment such as treadmills, weights, and workout mats in the rooms, allowing road warriors to stick to fitness routine even when their schedules make it challenging to do so.

Many hotels have also redesigned their menus to accommodate those who want to watch what they eat. Earlier this year, Hyatt made a commitment to serve organic food and cut back on portion sizes on its restaurant and room service menus. Similarly, Marriott Hotels banned trans fats, and Kimpton has created several new in-room meals that weigh in at less than 500 calories.

Even airlines and airports are responding to the increased demand for healthy meal options. A recent airport amenity survey shows that two thirds of respondents were able to find healthy and fresh food at airports. The top-ranked airports for this category were Sea-Tac, SFO, Miami, New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports, and Chicago’s O’Hare, which features an on-site urban garden that grows fresh herbs.

Maintaining an exercise and healthy eating regimen while traveling can increase productivity by diminishing stress levels and preventing illness in business travelers. By researching the opportunities to stay fit and eat well, road warriors can stay on top of their game during this busy travel season.