Keepin' It 100 with Willy T.
I know the last few weeks have been more of a travel blog, but the trip has safely come to an end! However, still lots worth updating because I saved my favorite conference for last.
The Collegiate Marketing Institute is designed to bring together marketers of collegiate recreation and student unions as a way to immerse a smaller group to focus on a niche subject matter. The ~175 attendees gathered in New Orleans to work through topics like social media management, analytics, marketing strategy, and so much more.
I had the fortunate opportunity to present with Lauren Adams on “Putting the ‘Team’ Back in Marketing,” where we shared the ways we’ve empowered our respective teams to strengthen the internal brand community as a way to positively affect performance and help meet departmental goals. If you are interested in this topic, please hit me up - I’d love to share our presentation with you!
Most importantly, this conference allowed me to reconnect with mentors and build relationships with students looking to become professionals in the marketing field. We did our fair share of New Orleans exploration, which by this point I felt like an expert in the area (haha).
As I come back to reality and settle back into normalcy, there are a few things I appreciate a little extra this week:
Keepin' It 100 with Willy T.
Coming to you LIVE from the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Sweet Home Alabama!
Over the next couple weeks, I have a really awesome opportunity to attend three conferences in multiple cities that I’ve yet to visit. I’ll do my best to keep you posted on my social media, and I’ll find a way to make my updates entertaining :)
This week: I attended the NIRSA Region II Conference in Birmingham. Here are some highlights (photos below for some more context) -
Steph Goetz (far right) and I completed grad school together at JMU. When we were students, we’d get taken to lunch at conferences by professionals, and we promised each other that we would return the favor when we “made it.” This has now become an annual tradition, and Dylan/JP are two incredible NIRSA students. Eugene’s Hot Chicken was the perfect setting with some great eats!
This much travel is a good bit out of my comfort zone, so say a prayer and send me any travel tips you may have!
Peace, Love, and Conferencing,
How to Stay Healthy and Fit Traveling on the Job
Traveling for work has its perks- new people, new experiences, new cultures, or fine dining (shoutout to that per diem) etc. Working on the road could feel like constant mini vacations to some, say our principal Steven Trotter. He travels so much visiting our clients, the airlines should pay him to be a flight attendant. As a group fitness instructor, I’m sure he could choreograph a killer safety demonstration dance. This business development lifestyle can take a toll on your body if you aren’t careful. Constantly being in new environments or confined to small spaces with a lot of people (planes, trains, subways) can affect your immune system negatively and deter your healthy goal progress.
Today we have tips on how to stay healthy on the road.
The positives of never being in the same location is that you could take advantage of free gym passes. Plan ahead and research what is nearby- try a Planet Fitness, Anytime Fitness, or Life Time Fitness all in the same week.
If the weather is nice and you enjoy being outdoors, plan a hike or explore local parks.
When staying in a hotel, check out their fitness center and if it does not have what you need there are thousands of workouts on YouTube for free! Some of our favorites are Blogilates, HASfit, and The Fitness Marshall.
Regardless of what you decide, prioritize exercise to help you stay on track and if needed, plan it into your schedule.
Always have healthy snacks on hand. Non-perishable items include trail mix, dried fruit, nut butters, or protein bars. Traveling increases your chances of dehydration, be sure to drink plenty of water so your body can function optimally.
If you are living out of hotels consider traveling with a Crockpot or George Foreman Grill- just don’t set off the smoke alarm or else you may have some angry neighbors.
When eating out, ask the server to pack up half of your entree in a to-go container. That way you save half the calories and get another meal for later.
While traveling this is the time to focus on you, try to go to bed near the same time every night and aim for 7-9 hours of sleep. The best part is if you are at a hotel, crank up the AC guilt-free because you are not paying for the electricity bill. Most people sleep better in a colder room.
Even if you aren’t a business development professional, try out a few of the suggestions on your next trip and let us know how it goes. Don’t let traveling create rage against your wellness goals, after all we are all health warriors on the same fight.
the big reveal
Hello and welcome to Keepin’ it 100, where I’ll reveal the secrets to life in ~100-word blogs and ~100-second vlogs! By “secrets to life” I’m obviously exaggerating… But here are some guaranteed topic genres:
Wellness (obviously), Motivation (I’m a quote junkie), Marketing (my true craft), and Features (I’ll host content-expert guests to cover other topics). If you’re wondering why I’m relevant to speak on any of these, check my bio!
First up, a vlog covering my trip last week to Wilmington. Highlights included strategic planning with GWS, shooting photo/video at a Clifton StrengthsFinder lunch-and-learn hosted by Steven, and celebrating the launch of this blogspot with some beach fun!
Hope you’re ready - I’m excited to keep it 100 with ya.
Peace, Love, and Wellness,
(Note: I don’t own rights to the music. Song Credit - “Elephant 2k18 - Bobby Rock Remix” by Funkin Matt, Bobby Rock)
Some of you may be thinking, “I’m fit and fly all the time!?” Today we’re talking about how to stay healthy and fit while flying in an airplane. Flying in pressurized cabins with a hundred strangers can put a lot of stress on our bodies. If you’re changing time zones or flying out of the country, that shocks our bodies even more. Globetrotter Wellness Solutions’ very own Steven Trotter is a frequent flyer as he does a lot of traveling for work. Follow these tips to stay fly, even when you’re high in the sky.
1. Hydrate. Drink water before and during your flight! The combination of less oxygen and thin air inside airplanes makes you prone to dehydration. But don’t forget that you will be asked to throw away water bottles before you can get through security - so see #2.
2. Bring an empty water bottle with you through the security lines. This way you have a no excuses! Fill up at a fountain once you pass through the lines.
3. Eat a healthy meal before your flight. You never know what may happen (flight delay, long layover, no complimentary snack- you know what airline I’m talking about). The hopes of a peanut snack is always welcomed, but not always promised.
4. Bring disinfecting wipes. The place where you are most susceptible to germs while flying are on the tray table, arm rests, and bathroom. You don’t know who was sitting there before you were. Wipe it down or it might wipe you out next week!
5. Exercise your mind. Flying can be a great time to catch up on sleep, listen to a podcast, or read a book. If you’re serious about listening to music or an audio book, I recommend wearing something that can block out the loud noises of the huge plane engines. Make sure to charge those Kindles beforehand.
6. Physical exercise. If you couldn't get a workout in before your travels, take your flight time to do some simple exercises such as calf raises, ankle rolls, plantar flexion. Stretch out before you cramp out. If you do have time before your flight and you don’t have too much luggage, take a walk around your area. Airports have more and more scenery depending on the size. The CVG airport has fully constructed skeletons of dinosaurs and some other Ice Age animals donated by the Cincinnati Museum. Explore your surroundings and get that step count up!
7. Sitting too long. We’re all guilty of slouching one way or another. It’s even more common when we’re sitting in one place for a long period of time. Try to focus on your posture and sit straight against the back of your chair, keeping your back straight and chest upright. One step today goes a long ways to improvement tomorrow!
Safe travels every one!
By: Alicia Everette
A millennial wellness enthusiast trying to figure out life. Coupon Queen. Experimental Chef. Personal Trainer. Aspiring Health Coach.
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