Nutritious eating options aren’t the only factor in planning a healthy meeting. Physical activity is another component you need to consider. According to Destination Hotels & Resorts, 54 percent of planners indicated that adventure/active options were of great interest this coming year. This may be a current meeting trend, but incorporating physical activity has so many health benefits that can directly affect your meeting.
As we all know, sitting for long periods of time is hard on the body. It strains the back, slows down the processes that metabolize calories, fogs the brain and causes ants-in-the-pants syndrome. According to WebMD, incorporating physical activity in your day affects the nervous system and sets off pleasure chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine that make us feel calm, happy and euphoric. In fact, single bouts of exercise can reduce anxiety for several hours afterward. Christin Anderson, MS, wellness and fitness coordinator of the University of San Francisco, says "You can think more clearly, perform better and your morale is better. This is pure science -- stimulate your nervous system and function at a higher level."
Keeping fit in Sacramento is easy to do. Blocks from the Sacramento Convention Center, our Downtown and Midtown areas are chockfull of fitness options – from corporate health clubs such as California Family Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness and The Capital Athletic Club to indoor rock climbing, boxing and marital arts, yoga studios and boot camps. The track at the State Capitol is trekked by many in suits and sneakers, and our 32-mile American River Parkway is traveled by walkers, joggers and bikers. For more on walking and jogging options click here. Group trainers are also available to provide workout sessions right there at your meeting site.
Incorporating time for physical activity ensures a healthier and happier delegation…and ultimately a successful and memorable meeting.