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Business Travel Can Ruin Your Health. Don’t Let It.

Travelling for work is bad for your health, especially if you do it often. Research shows that business travel can increase your risk of weight gain, anxiety, depression, alcohol dependence, and poor sleep. So if you travel for work regularly, make sure you know how to establish healthy habits on the road. Try to eat low-calorie meals whenever possible, even if your culinary options are limited. You might be tempted to reward yourself after a long day, but resist the urge to order the steak and fries or a late-night cocktail. Those choices will take a toll over time. And don’t skip out on exercise. Stay in a hotel with a gym (and use it), or do simple exercises in your room, such as push-ups and squats. You can also take walks in between meetings, or join colleagues outside for a walking meeting. The physical activity will help prevent weight gain and reduce stress.

Adapted from “Just How Bad Is Business Travel for Your Health? Here’s the Data,” by Andrew Rundle - Taken from Harvard Business Review Newsletter

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