A trip is no time to skimp on exercise and healthy eating.
It's getting easier than ever to travel healthy. The latest blood-pressure monitors are so compact and inconspicuous, they're easy to take on the road if hypertension is a problem. Consider Omron's latest ultra-compact wrist model, the first to employ a sensor that detects the minutest changes in blood pressure. The HEM-630 sells for about $119, less than earlier-generation monitors.
Another monitoring device, the CT1 Personal Calorie Tracker from Stayhealthy Inc., measures caloric burn by looking at body movement. The device also interfaces with the company's websiteto track your calories. The gizmo, plus a one-year subscription to the site, costs $149.
On the low-tech side, Executive Workout, a 32-page handbook by ex-Marine and veteran traveler George Bosolet, has exercises for travelers and tips on winning the battle of the bulge. All the gadgets and books in the world may not be enough to keep you from getting sick on your trip, however. Passport Healthis dedicated to preventing business-trip-induced illnesses. With locations nationwide and a Web site, Passport Health provides vaccinations and health advice for business travelers. It also offers travel insurance, including medical-consultation, evacuation, transport, lost baggage and passport services.
Christopher McGinnis, a commentator for CNN and The Weather Channel, is the author of The Unofficial Business Traveler's Pocket Guide (McGraw Hill) and manages his own Web site at www.travelskills.com. Christopher Elliot is Entrepreneur's "Travel Smarts" columnist.