Having a job like affiliate marketing that involves traveling can be fun and exciting. However, it can also make it challenging to stick to a healthy routine. When you’re traveling on the road a lot for work, you can find yourself getting into some unhealthy habits. Think about it: unpredictable sleeping routines, fast food in airports, and not knowing how or where to exercise. It can leave you feeling sluggish and out of shape. When you are in a hotel room without a kitchen or a fridge, it can be hard to maintain healthy eating habits.
However, it is possible to keep fit even when you are traveling for work. It just takes a little bit of creativity and discipline. Just because you are a global affiliate, that doesn’t mean you have to give up your goals of being fit and feeling fabulous. Here are some essential guidelines to follow when you are on the road and attending affiliate marketing conferences.
Find Do-Anywhere Exercises When Traveling
You’re not always going to be able to use a treadmill or be able to attend your local Pilates class. You may be staying in a hotel with a fully equipped gym, but you also might be staying in a bungalow on the beach in Thailand (talking to you Affiliate World Asia). Don’t assume that you will always have access to workout equipment wherever you go.
When you are on the road, it’s crucial to find ways of being active that you can do regardless of where you are. When you have that “constant,” you will stick to your exercise routine and feel better.
For example, running can work in many destinations. You can find a local park or a path around the neighborhood, beach, hotel stairways, and get out there. Running doesn’t always work, as some cities are too dense and crowded and some climates are too hot, but it’s a good start.
Another solution is bodyweight exercises that you can do in your hotel room—push-ups, crunches, planks, etc. You’d be surprised at what a workout you can get just by using your own body weight. There are many excellent hotel room workout videos on YouTube that you can follow; they require no weights or equipment. You can also let the outdoors be your gym. There are many benches and metal bars in public parks where you can get your exercise by doing pull-ups, tricep-dips, and more.
Bring Portable Exercise Equipment
There are also some types of exercise equipment that you can bring along with you in your luggage anywhere you go. For example, you can use a simple jump rope in any park or open space, and it is a fantastic cardiovascular workout. Core sliders are another great idea. These little discs are designed with two sides so you can use them on carpet or hardwood floors, and they make your lunges, mountain climbers, and other exercises more challenging.
You can also easily find room in your luggage for a few resistance bands, which you can use in a wide variety of exercises. Here are some ideas for 33 different resistance band exercises that you can do anywhere.
Another fantastic portable exercise equipment option is TRX bands. They are straps that you can attach to something secure such as a door frame and perform several exercises. When they roll up, they take up very little space, so you can easily bring them in your luggage. Here are 44 effective TRX exercises to get you started. Having this equipment will expand the number of different exercises that you can do. It is vital to exercise other muscle groups. Furthermore, it will keep you from getting bored with your routine.
Do Something Healthy as Soon as You Arrive
When you arrive at your destination after a long flight, you’ll be jet-lagged and exhausted. Resist the urge to drink a beer, eat an unhealthy meal, and flop into bed. Instead, work out! Go for a run, or at least a walk, in the sunshine. Find a healthy restaurant and treat yourself to a nutrition-packed salad or smoothie. That way, you can give your body the vitamins it needs.
That accomplishes two things. First of all, it will make you feel much better than you would if you had made unhealthy choices when arriving. You’ll be more energized, and you will be able to get over your jet lag more quickly. Also, you will be mentally setting the tone for the rest of your trip. You’ve established your healthy routine right away. That is, proving to yourself that you can keep up your good habits no matter where in the world you are. You’ll be in a better mindset for the rest of the trip. Moreover, it will be easier to keep these good habits going.
Pay Attention to What You Eat When Traveling
Keeping fit is about 70% nutrition and diet, and 30% exercise. Thus, eating healthy food while on the road is incredibly important. Your body needs to be taking in the vitamins and energy it needs to operate properly. That is especially true if you are working out. Healthy food (and drinking enough water) will help you sustain your energy levels. Moreover, it will also fuel your muscles and recover as quickly as possible.
Unfortunately, it can be hard to stick to a healthy diet when traveling around the world, attending affiliate conferences, and meeting with other affiliates. You can’t always find the nutritious food you want, and there is also the temptation to indulge in delicious local treats. After all, you are traveling, and tasting the local cuisine is part of your experience.
You shouldn’t completely ban yourself from indulging in any treats while on the road. It’s unrealistic, and it’s also not fun. You want to be able to try Belgian chocolate while at that conference in Brussels or feast on oysters while meeting with Amazon affiliates in Seattle. The key is to make sure that the majority of your meals are healthy.
Tips that can help you with your healthy eating habits while on your travel:
- Visit a local grocery store and pick up some healthy snacks such as fruit, nuts, carrots, hummus, etc. When you get hungry, you can snack on these items rather than junk food.
- Having snacks will keep you from getting too hungry, which makes you more likely to indulge.
- Look for a hotel room with a mini-fridge in the room, as it will allow you to keep healthy fresh foods for easy access.
- When you are going on a flight, bring your meal rather than eating airplane food. Dry foods are acceptable to bring in your carry-on so that you could bring along a big salad with grilled chicken, pre-dressed with your favorite light dressing.
- You can search for healthy restaurants in the city you are visiting using Google, Yelp, and Tripadvisor. Use keywords like “healthy” and “farm to table” to find eateries that focus on fresh and delicious ingredients.
- If you can stay in a hotel or a hostel with a kitchen, this will allow you to cook your healthy meals rather than having to eat in a restaurant every night.
- Read more travel tips for entrepreneurs so you can have the best experience.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
According to a 2013 study in the journal Obesity, one night of inadequate sleep will drive up your hunger hormones and cause you to purchase more high-calorie foods. That is because sleep deprivation causes increased Ghrelin levels in the blood, which is a hormone that increases your hunger. So, making sure that you get a good night of sleep can help you make healthy choices.
Plus, your lack of sleep will dull your brain power and make you less effective the next day. However, it’s not always easy to sleep well when you travel. An affiliate marketer’s lifestyle can make a regular sleeping pattern very difficult. What can you do to ensure that you get proper rest when you are on the road? Here is an excellent resource on getting better sleep when you travel.
Keeping fit as an affiliate marketer while traveling for work can be challenging. Try not to let your quest for fitness stress you out. Be easy on yourself, as being on the road means that it will be more difficult to keep to your healthy routine. Don’t focus too much on the numbers if you are tight on time, do your best to incorporate healthy habits into your travel lifestyle. Any extra training you get the time to do is a bonus. However, don’t let it discourage you if you disrupt your regular training routine. Just keep going, do what you can, and have fun.
Suppose you are an experienced affiliate marketer and your lifestyle involves being on the road for long periods. In that case, you may want to travel as slowly as possible, meaning take your time at your destination. It allows you to balance your healthy habits better and enjoy your destination while still seeing the world.