How to make 2019 your best business travelling year yet

Are you a goal setter?  Do you map out business goals, personal goals and health goals each year?  And what then?  Do you track them, achieve them or forget them?

Here’s how you can stay on track with your fitness goals especially when you’re a regular business traveller.

1. Review

Rather than leaping straight into the future and where you want to be this time next year start by looking back.  Consider what worked well and what did not work so well in 2018 and ask yourself these key questions:

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What was I hoping to achieve?

Did I achieve it?  If not, why not?  Was it a lack of time, motivation or poor planning?

What did I enjoy and want to do more of?

What do I want to do less of?

2. Plan

Next get clear on what you want to achieve this year and set your KPIs.

If you’re booked in for a spring marathon what time are you aiming for?  If you’re learning a new skill this year do you want to become accomplished or excel, for example basic Pilates or advanced.  Or if simply maintaining your current level of fitness is important to you, then get clear on precisely what that means.

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And now take a step back and ask yourself why.  Why are regular exercise and your health important to you and how will it benefit both your personal and professional life.  Will your energy levels increase so you’re not slumped over your desk mid-afternoon whichever location you’re working from?  Will your ability to manage jet lag improve so the after effects of international travel encroach less on your family life?

Once you’re clear on your why you can then focus on the what and the how.  Break your fitness goals down into achievable chunks that will work with your anticipated business travel schedule.  Think about how many sessions a week, how much time per session and what equipment, if any, you will require access to.  That way you’ll know exactly what you need to incorporate into each of your business travel agendas this year.

3. Measure

Measuring tape over the words measure and performance on white backgroundFinally get tracking your progress.  If you do not know how far you are away from your goals how can you adjust for success.  So, if you are strength building and/or working on your one rep max keep detailed notes on your progress.  If your goal is to run a faster 10k are your split times improving.  If you love Tabata training count and record how many reps you complete each round – are the numbers going up or down?

When you know the data, you can adjust as necessary to keep yourself on track and more importantly celebrate your successes throughout the year.

Follow this simple three-step process, and you will find your goals complement and support your business travel rather than hinder.

© 2019 Executive Travel Vitality

Author: Julie Dennis
Julie Dennis is a fitness coach specializing in weight loss and body transformation results. She is a level 4 skilled personal trainer and a qualified member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). Julie also holds a UK Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness qualification. Prior to training as a fitness coach and establishing herself in the health & fitness industry, Julie spent over 20 years behind a desk in London employed in a variety of roles in the management consultancy, executive search and mining industries. Whilst working as part of a global team at Rio Tinto Julie experienced first hand the challenges of incorporating fitness and wellbeing into an international travel schedule. A keen marathon runner she often found running whilst on a long a haul trip an ideal reliever for jet lag.

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