MPI Perspective - April 2010 - (Page 22)

P OV Answers to your questions from a supplier and planner point of view Joel Costa, CMP Area Catering Sales Leader Northern California Marriott Hotels International Laurie Sharp, CMP Senior Manager, Corporate and Major Field Marketing Events Brocade Dear Laurie and Joel, How do you maintain your health and well-being when faced with constant travel and a demanding work schedule? Rachel Olsen, Rise to the Occasion The Supplier POV From Joel Trying to maintain a fitness routine while dealing with the unexpected pitfalls of travel can be daunting. The important thing to remember is to devote a certain amount of time to fitness each day. When traveling, you may need to get creative on how to accomplish your goal. When I’m home, I work out during my lunch hour, but when traveling gets in the way I make the sacrifice and miss out on the cocktail hour or breakfast hour and get something accomplished. I always felt running was great exercise … for other people! However, running is a great way to stay in shape even on a treadmill in a hotel gym. Many hotel chains also offer in-room options including yoga and aerobic routines on-demand or even fitness balls delivered to your room. I know a colleague that travels with Wii-Fit and hooks it up in the hotel room. Probably the greater threat to fitness, with travel and work demands, is diet. Not only are some areas of the country less than health conscious, the stress and delay of travel makes anyone want to eat the first thing they see when they get to the terminal. Being that guy that usually never misses the aforementioned cocktail or breakfast hour, I have had to learn some tricks to avoid over-indulging while still being part of the game. When I need to watch the scale, I ask the bartender at events to serve me club soda in a cocktail glass with garnish so it appears I’m having vodka. I also focus on eating nothing but salads and no bread while on the road. It is also a good idea to eat many smaller amounts of food throughout a busy day versus starving yourself through lunch or dinner and then having too large of a meal at another time to compensate. Another trick is to never accept a minibar key when staying in a hotel. There is nothing healthy in there. I look for nearby corner stores and get healthy snacks to keep in my room. 22 | MPINCCperspective | VOL. 28, NO. 5 The Planner POV From Laurie When I’m asked this question, my answer is always, “I can’t afford not to.” I consider the time and energy I invest in working out, running, and focusing on my diet as the only way I can maintain my energy level, stay healthy, and keep up with the crazy pace and ups and downs this industry demands. The exact mix of exercise, type of exercise, and a diet is unique to each individual. I ran my first half marathon last year and this was a strategy that worked well for me. Perhaps my experience will help provide a few tips. In my house I only stock whole wheat bread and pasta, low fat everything, and fresh fruits and vegetables, making it easier to eat healthy at home as I’m not tempted by less healthy options. This also makes me feel less guilty when I indulge on richer cuisine while I’m traveling. When I’m not traveling, I go to the gym or run four times per week. If possible, set a specific time everyday for your workout and put it into your Outlook calendar like every other appointment. It’s hard to maintain a set schedule in this business so be flexible with yourself – if you’ve only got 20 minutes go ahead and take advantage. Do what you can, when you can, for as long as you can. Maintaining a healthy eating and workout schedule when you are at home takes some of the pressure off those goals and priorities when you’re traveling. For me I try to fit in an early morning workout or walk (especially if it’s a new destination and I want to see the city/resort), eat healthy for breakfast and lunch – and then reward myself with dinner and a nice wine. I try to walk as much as I can – to meetings, on-sites, destination to destination – so I’m burning extra calories along the way. Water, water, water! I always carry a bottle of water everywhere I go. I think it is key, especially when traveling, to avoid dehydration (often confused with hunger), keep my energy up and keep my body running efficiently. Ultimately everything is about balance. If you over-indulge don’t beat yourself up too much, take a step back and get yourself on track. As with everything else in this business – it’s all in the details. ●

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MPI Perspective - April 2010

MPI Perspective - April 2010
President’s Message
Are You Building Your Reputation Capital?
Unique Venues Spotlight
Bored Room?
Meeting Professionals International Northern California Chapter 22nd Annual Conference and Expo Wrap-Up
Getting to know... Joey Nevin
Member Pearls
Chapter Chatter
Index to Advertisers

MPI Perspective - April 2010