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Living Healthy On The Road

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, October 26, 2015

Happy Monday,


Thank you to all those who attend the 2015 Carolinas Joint Conference last week! The NCRPA team, as well as professionals and students from across the states of North and South Carolina assembled together at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The conference was jam packed with educational, networking and social event opportunities that many took advantage of! Even though conference is over, we thought now would be a good time to share some tips on how you can stay active while on the go! When you are traveling it is essential to be mindful of staying committed to living a healthy and active lifestyle. While I was away at conference, it made me realize how important it is to continue to be healthy to remain energetic and alert during the long day. This blog discusses some active and healthy eating recommendations for when you are away from home.


Begin the day with a morning walk! Hotels usually have suggestions of trails or parks nearby, or even a gym within the building. Conferences are full of sitting during presentations and meetings, so get your heart rate going by stretching the legs and going for a quick walk. Even squeezing in a quick walk during lunch can help your mind take a break and enjoy the fresh air. Another idea is to always take the stairs rather than the elevator, getting those extra steps in will make a difference.


USA Today provides great suggestions on eating healthy when traveling for business. Begin your day with whole grain cereal instead of donuts or bagels. Another idea is to grab a cup with low-fat yogurt and a banana. Pack snacks that are easy to eat while you are on-the-go! Pretzels, sliced apples, oranges, chopped vegetables, and protein bars are a perfect source of healthy ingredients and a smart alternative to fast food. For lunch, select lean meats, vegetables, spinach wraps and whole grain breads. A side salad, fruit salad, pasta salad, or broth-based soups can be a lot healthier than fries or chips. Lastly, for dinner, select simple appetizers such as a salad or fresh vegetables. There are plenty of healthy entrees that include fish, lean meats such as chicken or turkey, or vegetarian options without the heavy cream sauces. Also, remember, staying hydrated during the conference is vital. Water is the best way to go to keep yourself focused and well hydrated. Another option is to drink unsweetened coffee, tea, and sparkling water during the presentations, it is a healthy substitute compared to the high-sugar, high-calorie drinks. It is up to you to discover healthy and delicious foods while you are on the go! You can share these ideas and suggestions with your department and community!


Please note, our next webinar will take place on Tuesday, November 10th at 1:00pm. Aaron Davis and Kristen Herndon from Graham Recreation and Parks Department, will be hosting. The topic will focus on the Graham Walks program, which is a 5 week incentive-based walking program held during the spring and fall. Programs like Graham Walks generates inspiration within the community for members to reach the recommended exercise goal times per week. Please register for the webinar to learn more of how you can start programs like Grahams within your own department: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/991624618466824193


If you have any advice or tips on living a healthy and balanced lifestyle at work conferences then we want to hear from you! Email us your ideas or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.nethttp://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)


Colleen

Tags:  Conference  healthy eating  NCRPA  Wellness  Work Meetings 

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