Glamour and business travel may not always go hand in hand. It is difficult to look and feel your best after a long haul flight knowing that as soon as you step off the plane, you are going straight to work.
Business Aspects Magazine spoke with Kathy Lewis, founder of revolutionary health and nutrition experts, ExtraVitality. We discussed the work that they do with business travellers and a series of tools that will ensure that they reach their destinations feeling restful and healthy.
“Not only do we assist business travellers to improve their health”, explains Kathy, “but we also provide expertise to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing. We can show them exercises to do for long haul flights to avoid muscle aches and tensions. For frequent business travellers, we can provide tailored travel health advice to suit”.
Eating On the Go
“It is easy to neglect your health on business trips”, Kathy continues. “Skipping breakfast and choosing sugary energy bars and a bag of crisps as a supplement can be a quick option for being on the go”.
Eating at Airports
“Airports are beginning to include a greater variety of caterers who sell more fashionable options. Do take care to avoid caterers who sell foods high in sodium, such as sushi and noodle broths”, advises Kathy. “High sodium intake will increase the risk of dehydration, raise your blood pressure and put you at greater risk of DVT”.
The Importance of Fruit
“Always remember to carry a bottle of water with you and a supply of fruit to stay healthy and hydrated throughout the day. Smoothies may be delicious but can be higher in energy and lower in fibre than a whole fruit or vegetable”, clarifies Kathy. “The sensation of fullness will also, generally, dissipate quicker”.
“Some smoothies can contain over 380 calories per serving, whereas others are only around 100 calories. So choose wisely if intending to have a snack and not an extra meal”.
“Eating out in restaurants can feel like a well-deserved treat. However, you may find yourself ordering unhealthy meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of your trip”, continues Kathy.
“Next time you are choosing your breakfast at the hotel buffet, try oatmeal, yoghurt and fruit. The oatmeal and fruit contain good sources of fibre, which are known to reduce blood pressure and blood lipids, and helps to reduce the risk of diabetes and coronary heart disease. The combination of yoghurt (protein) with oatmeal and fruit (fibre) provides greater satiety”.
“It is important that you pay attention to what you are eating and remember that foods high in fat take longer for your body to break down, leaving you feeling uncomfortable and tired, and can result in you being less productive at work”, concludes Kathy.
ExtraVitality provides employees with training and a healthy plan to follow for keeping their wellbeing on track. Their ever-expanding team of highly educated and expert professionals, ranging from registered nutritionists, dietitians, and psychologists to physiotherapists, cater to every client’s specific needs and worries, to ensure that they are always in good shape to travel comfortably and with ease.
To find out more about how ExtraVitality’s training and wellbeing support can improve your business, please call 0208 536 4100 or visit www.extravitality.co/