As an event professional, proper health and fitness is important to maintain. If you sacrifice your own wellbeing, you will most certainly sacrifice the quality of the events you produce. Finding the time to maintain a certain level of health and fitness can be a challenge for event planners. These 10 simple tips will help you stay motivated, eat healthy and be in great shape while planning and travelling for events.
Start The Day Early
Getting started with your wellness program early in the day is the best way to maintain consistency. By getting your workout in early, you won’t be left at the end of the day trying to squeeze in a quick run or fitness session. Waking up early may be challenging at first, but it is the only way to truly make time for your workout.
Body Weight Training
When travelling or staying in a hotel for an event, it can be hard to find a fitness center or location to work out. Try to create a workout routine consisting of body weight workouts such as squats, burpees, push-ups and pull-ups. Resistance bands are another great way to pack light and make a big impact on your workout.
As event planners we spend a large potion of our day buzzing around the office, venue or perhaps all around town. Fitness trackers can be an excellent way to keep an eye on your movement, count your steps and track your calories burned.
There are many different options for fitness trackers, ranging from simple pedometers to more advanced wearable technology. Most everyone should be able to find an option that suits his or her needs and price range.
Dine Out with Caution
When travelling or working onsite at an event, half of the fun can be the excellent food options that are presented. When enjoying a nice meal out, be sure to proceed with caution and avoid the higher calorie options. Simple swaps, such as a vegetable instead of a grain for your side, can go a long way in saving you from blowing your daily caloric intake.
Try your best to look at menus in advance of your dinner to find the more health conscious options. Some online menus will even offer nutritional facts, which make advanced meal planning very easy.
Don’t Forget to Eat
Many times while working an event we get so enthralled with the success and management of the outing, we forget the bare essentials, such as feeding our staff or ourselves. Try to set an alarm on your watch or computer to ensure that everyone working the event has time to eat a solid meal.
Events can be very hectic and often times during these busy days, our own basic needs get put on the back burner. Try to avoid this by planning in advance and making your own health a priority.
Event management professionals love their jobs so much that they not only forget to eat, but on occasion they forget to drink water and stay hydrated. While this may not always be attributed to our love of the job, the busy nature of events can see hours pass by in the blink of an eye. Because this is the case, we need to do our best to stay healthy, hydrated and nourished.
Avoid dehydration by carrying a refillable water bottle on you during the event. Make it a point to fill up regularly throughout the day to be sure you are staying hydrated.
Research Local Options
When you are travelling to a new city for an event, try researching the local fitness options to ensure you have a good game plan for your workout. You could start out by looking at your hotel to see what type of fitness facility they offer and, if that is not sufficient, you could look for local gyms that have trial memberships available. Local trails and running clubs are another source I use for finding quality workout choices while travelling.
Avoiding alcohol may seem a bit lame, but it will ensure you are in the best state of mind and physical wellbeing during your event. Alcohol consumption can lead to poor food choices, lack of motivation and dehydration. All things you want to avoid when focusing on your health and wellness.
Make Time for Quality Sleep
Getting enough sleep can be a very large challenge when you have so much on your plate as an event planner. Setting aside quality time to sleep prior to, during and after your event is crucial to your health, along with your long-term and short-term success as an event planner.
Most of us have spent multiple events running on extra espresso, but with a little bit of planning you can incorporate more hours of sleep and increase your happiness and achievements as a professional.
No one enjoys working with a stressed out event manager. A major part of maintaining your health is maintaining your level of anxiety and angst. This may not always be easy, but you should take a few moments each day to meditate, refresh and evaluate your day and tasks ahead. By doing this you will feel less stressed and lead a healthier lifestyle.
As we all know, being an event professional can take a toll on your mind and body. Finding the time to stay fit and make healthy choices can be tough during busy events. By utilizing the tips above you will be making your health and wellness a top priority. This will help you to stay focused and in tiptop shape for your next event!
Source: Eventmanager 07-09-2015