Another name for Motivational Speaker could be Road Warrior. Aside from the 45 -60 minutes we’re up on stage doing the thing we love to do, the rest of the time can be a huge energy drain. Since the subject I speak on is eating healthy, exercising and reducing stress, I’ve had to make sure I walk my talk while on the road otherwise no amount of concealer and stand-straight spanx is going to work on a weary, cranky body.
Here are a few road tested travel tips I do in order to stay happy, healthy and grounded.
- If there’s one travel tip that must be emphasized, it’s this: hydrate. Drink plenty of water before, during and after a flight. Flying is dehydrating. That can explain why it can bring on headaches and insomnia.
- Pack travel snacks with a high water content, like grapes and celery.
- Keep your belly happy with probiotics that don’t need refrigeration. Flax or Chia seeds stirred into yogurt or oatmeal keep your bowels regular
- Superfood powders like Spirulina, Green Algaea, Aciai berries, Berries & Greens mixed with water or stirred into yogurt or oatmeal
- Nuts and Seeds (See Nuts for Saginaw post)
- Dried Fruit
Even when your body is speeding through the air your mind can be tranquil:
- Watch your breath
- Repeat a mantra (“Create positive change”)
- Earplugs of headphones
- San Francisco airport and some others have a yoga room for travellers!
- To adjust to a new time zone, don’t stop to unpack when you arrive. If there’s some nature nearby or just some green grass, get out and explore it as soon as you can. Spending time in the sunlight helps reset your internal rhythm
Make time for your exercise practice
Typically we speakers don’t have much down time to hit the gym in the hotel for an invigorating cardio or weights session so I don’t even plan on it. I make sure I get those things in the day before I leave and the day after I arrive home. While on the road I’ve distilled my practice to these simple moves:
- Stay limber: On the plane gently twist in your seat, side stretches, clasp hands behind back
- Carve out 5 or 10 minutes before you leave your home (see Nuts for Saginaw post) or the hotel
- After travel, drain the fluid from your legs and feet by laying on the bed with your legs up the wall, or lying on the floor (on your mat or towel) with your legs on a chair (5-10 minutes)
- Buy a travel yoga mat and pack it at the very top of your suitcase. That reminds me, first thing, to do a few unkinking stretches as soon as I get to the hotel room.
I’ll bet you were expecting a really hard and challenging list from me, weren’t you? Save those challenges for when you’re at your home base. These gentle guidelines will help to keep the rollercoaster effect of "all or nothing" healthy habits a little more evened out.