Living Your Best Self On The Road: Health Tips from Mayo Clinic

You may have your health routine down at home, but what happens when you go on the road? Club Carlson is teaming up with Mayo Clinic, the health experts, to ensure you’re living your healthiest life every single day, whether you’re right at home or staying in one of our hotels around the world.

First, it’s about learning how to achieve a healthy mind and body. We’re offering our members access to one of the top books in stress management. In this book, Amit Sood, M.D., M.Sc., a Mayo Clinic specialist in stress and resiliency, reveals how the mind’s instinctive restlessness and shortsightedness generate stress and anxiety and presents strategies for living a more peaceful life. The book is based on the highly popular stress management program offered at Mayo Clinic that Dr. Sood developed after two decades of work with tens of thousands of people. You may redeem 7,000 Gold Points® for The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living E-Book.

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Additionally, we’re offering our members access to valuable healthy living tips when you’re on the road. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, there are simple ways to incorporate healthy choices into our traveling routine. Consider a few of the tips below to get you started:

Make wellness a travel priority: bring your essential workout items along with you.

Pack exercise gear, tennis shoes, swimsuit, etc., or whatever you need to accomplish the type of workout you desire

No Gym, No Problem

There are many health and relaxation benefits to spending time outside.  Make it a priority to take a walk outside the hotel property. Explore the area on foot or by bike—you’ll find some hidden treasures this way as well

Take Advantage of Carlson Rezidor’s hotels amenities

Most Carlson Rezidor Hotels have onsite exercise rooms with treadmills and weight machines, and even pools!  These are great to maintain cardio and strength routines

Remember: Opportunities to move are everywhere. Get up and move at least 5-10 minutes every hour

Whenever possible avoid mechanical people movers like walking sidewalks, escalators and elevators.  Walking has many great health benefits.

Plan ahead for snacks

Snacks should be portable, convenient, and practical. Choose snacks that contain fiber and protein to keep you satisfied longer.

Healthy snack ideas:

  • Fresh fruits and pre-cut raw vegetables
  • Apple and peanut butter
  • Carrots and hummus
  • Trail mix
  • Nuts

Stay hydrated

Drinking water throughout the day can help prevent headaches and sluggishness while traveling. In addition, many people eat when they are actually thirsty. Adequate hydration helps determine thirst versus hunger.

Limit alcohol intake

During business meals, alternate alcoholic beverages with water or sparking water.

Review restaurant menus prior to your arrival

Take a few moments to check out the menu choices on the restaurant’s website or Healthydiningfinder.com.

Beware of menu buzzwords! Restaurants use creative and descriptive words to help sell their menu items. Most of these terms do not reflect the healthfulness of foods

Examples of buzzwords:

  • Local
  • Fresh
  • Natural
  • House made
  • Gourmet

Use the “Pick Two” rule

Instead of ordering an appetizer, beverage, and dessert in addition to an entree., choose two or less of those options.

Use portion control

Ask for a carry out container when your food arrives. Place half of your meal in the container to take back to your hotel for the next day.

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