Attending a business conference or seminar can be stressful. Between grueling sessions, classes and networking events, it’s no surprise that around 3pm, many attendees realize that five cups of coffee is all they’ve consumed all day! Don’t let attending a conference be your excuse for breaking your healthy habits. Read some of our helpful tips below.
Don’t skip breakfast
You’ve heard it all your life: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The best beginning to a full and busy day is a healthy meal. It will keep you energized throughout the day, help you stay focused and allow you to keep snacking to a minimum. Speaking of snacks . . .
Pack your own snacks
You never know what you’re going to get when you go to a conference. There could be a ton of healthy options or there could be none. It’s best to come prepared with your own healthy snacks in case it ends up being the latter. Nuts, fresh and dried fruit, trail mix and instant oatmeal are all good options.
Research healthy options nearby
While most meals may be provided to you at a conference, some may not. If you’re traveling to a different city or even to an unfamiliar area of your hometown, research some healthy dining options nearby just in case you have the option to go off on your own.
Limit your caffeine intake
If you normally start the day with a cup of coffee or two at home, it’s fine to do that at the conference as well. However, don’t get into the habit of fueling up at every single break. Too much caffeine can lead to harmful side effects such as increased thirst, anxiety and uneasiness.
Whether it’s on your lunch break or in the evening after a networking session, try to squeeze in some time to exercise. Not only does it help you maintain your health and your routine, it is a great stress reliever! Explore the local area by foot, see if the hotel or conference center has a gym or go for a quick run.
There’s no denying that conferences can be taxing and even downright exhausting. However, you’ll be far more efficient and receptive to new information if you take some time to relax and recharge a few times throughout the day. Use the time in-between sessions or meetings to take a walk, catch up on some reading or grab a healthy snack.
Make good choices at the bar
While a sugary mixed drink might sound refreshing after a long day, opt for a lower calorie beverage instead. Light beer or vodka with seltzer water and lemon are better options if you decide to indulge a little. And, as always when attending a professional event, limit yourself to two alcoholic drinks maximum.
Do you attend conferences regularly? How do you maintain your health and fitness? Share with us in the comments section below!