Listen Now: Frequent Travel
Do you travel often for work? Turns out living out of a suitcase might be taking you to an early retirement, the permanent kind.
Researchers at Columbia University’s School of Public Health recently took a look at lifestyles of people who travel three weeks per month for work. They found these people are twice as likely to be obese compared to workers who travel just one to six nights per month. But that’s only the start of your problems.
Unfortunately higher blood pressure and less of the good cholesterol are also part of the problem. And it’s not just physical. Frequent travelers are more likely to deal with anxiety, depression and have trouble sleeping.
But there are some ideas for employees and employers to curb the problem. Researchers say employers should provide travelers with training to deal with stress and provide sleep techniques. Employees should also stay at places with healthy eating options and a workout facility.
Employers could also provide travelers with better health insurance or a gym membership to handle some of the side effects. And if all else fails, consider facetime.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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