Living healthfully at
a meeting is a challenge, especially when afternoon breaks feature
M&Ms and there’s no time to exercise. How are planners handling
In an online poll, 58 percent of the
429 respondents said they try to eat healthfully on the road but
are not always successful, while 13 percent said their healthy
habits are the same at home or on the road. A full 21 percent,
however, eat whatever is provided at the meeting without much
Most people (61 percent) drink the same amount of
alcohol or more when traveling, while 18 percent drink less and 21
percent never drink.
The largest number of those surveyed
(49 percent) said they have no time to exercise on the road, but do
so when they’re at home. Seven percent exercise more when
traveling, 28 percent exercise about the same whether home or away,
and 16 percent never exercise. While 38 percent said they often
gain weight on the road, 50 percent claim travel doesn’t affect the
Only 2 percent of the planners surveyed
always are willing to pay to work out, while 31 percent will do so
sometimes and 67 percent refuse to pony up a gym fee. That’s an
understandable ratio, as 86 percent said their organizations don’t
reimburse the fee.
Travel takes a physical toll on many meeting planners.
One-third (34 percent) reported it makes them feel ill and tired.
However, the bulk of the respondents, 55 percent, said travel
doesn’t particularly affect how they feel, and 11 percent said
going on the road invigorates them.
To help relieve some of the stress
associated with travel, 29 percent of the meeting planners surveyed
practice yoga or other relaxation methods while on the road.