Are You Staying Healthy on the Road?

Author: Cristi Kempf       

Are you sticking with your daily wheatgrass smoothie and morning run while on the road? Perhaps that’s not your exact daily regimen, but new research from CWT finds that a majority of  global business travelers are maintaining their own health and wellness routines during work trips — and only 7 percent are not.

“Maintaining healthy habits while traveling is nearing the top of the priority list for travelers around the world,” Niklas Andréen, chief traveler experience officer for travel management platform CWT, said in a statement.

The percentage of road warriors who don’t pack workout gear is slightly higher among travelers in Europe (10 percent) and the Americas (8 percent), the survey found, while travelers in Asia Pacific (APAC) are said to be most committed to their regimens.

Only 3 percent of APAC travelers are likely to skip their usual wellness routines, said CWT, whose research was conducted by Artemis Strategy Group early this year among more than 2,700 people who traveled for business four or more times in the previous 12 months. Respondents were from the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the United States), Europe (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom), and APAC (Australia, China, India, Japan, and Singapore).

To keep fit while far from their gym, travelers are using hotel exercise rooms and equipment (49 percent), followed by hotel pools (40 percent), and in-room hotel equipment, such as yoga mats and stationary bikes (27 percent), CWT found.

Maintaining health and wellness while on the road has become increasingly important for travelers, according to CWT. That includes diet as well as exercise: Overall, today more than one-third of business travelers eat healthy with APAC leading the way (46 percent), followed by travelers in the Americas (35 percent), and Europe (29 percent).  Perhaps the other two-thirds find their willpower wavers when they spy the Pringles and peanut M&Ms in the in-room mini bar. Some find that stuff hard to pass up. Or so I’ve heard.