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Eating healthy, exercising on the road more stressful than airport security

SAN FRANCISCO, March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey from TripIt, the leading mobile travel organizer from Concur (Nasdaq: CNQR), revealed that eating healthy, exercising on the road, and coming

Eating healthy, exercising on the road more stressful than airport security

SAN FRANCISCO, March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — A new survey from TripIt, the leading mobile travel organizer from Concur (Nasdaq: CNQR), revealed that eating healthy, exercising on the road, and coming home to a to-do list are more stressful for frequent travelers than airport security.

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When asked how stressful certain travel-related activities are, 67 percent of frequent travelers said exercising was either somewhat or very stressful; while 66 percent said eating healthy was stressful. The top five activities identified by the majority of respondents as stressful include:

Travel-related activity
“Somewhat

stressful”
“Very

stressful”
Total

1. Exercising
50%
17%
67%

2. Eating healthy
47%
19%
66%

3. Coming home to things waiting for me
45%
19%
64%

4. Airport security
44%
15%
59%

5. Driving in an unfamiliar city
42%
12%
54%

The majority of travelers did not find checking in to the airport, the flight itself, picking up a rental car, or communicating with partners and/or kids to be stressful.

“As someone who is constantly traveling, eating healthy and keeping up my fitness routine are incredibly important,” says Trish Friesen, editor in chief at TripStyler.com. “My two biggest travel health tips are to make sure there’s always a rainbow of color represented on your plate, and in a pinch, never underestimate the amount of exercise that can be done on the carpet of your hotel room.”

To help travelers exercise and eat healthy while on the road, TripIt recommends these tips:

Carry healthy, portable snacks, like whole almonds or a banana to curb cravings

When ordering from a menu, substitute an appetizer or small plate for the entree

Opt to walk or take the stairs, instead of the people mover or escalator

Aim to increase your steps with an activity tracker or app, and take the scenic route

Ask the hotel concierge for a map of local running routes or trails
Take advantage of hotels that loan guests workout gear, yoga mats or shoes

Use the hotel room to do crunches, push-ups, and chair dips any hour of the day

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