It can be easy to let traveling affect our health. When we travel, our normal routine is disrupted. We eat out more and exercise less. Our sleep is affected. As a result of these changes the new environment, our immune systems can be affected too.
How many times have you gone on a trip just to get sick and not enjoy your time away as much as you were hoping?
With a little bit of preparation and determination, travelers can counter some of the negative effects that travel can have on our health.
A lot of times travelers go with the flow when it comes to their meals. They eat out at restaurants or at their hotel without putting much thought into how healthy or unhealthy their food is.
Instead, plan ahead of time to find restaurants with healthy options and grocery stores close by.
Booking a hotel room with a fridge or a kitchenette is a great way to save money and eat better. Pick up healthy food for breakfast, lunch, and snacks and you’re all set!
Another thing to remember is to drink plenty of water, especially if you are traveling during the summer months or to a place that is hotter than you’re used to.
Traveling is exciting. Getting off the plane, you might be wired and want to stay up or you might want to crash as soon as you hit your hotel room.
The best thing to do in this situation is to force yourself to stay up until your regular bedtime on the first night, per the time zone difference if there is one.
From then on, aim for a solid 8 hours of sleep per night.
It can be easy to let our fitness fall by the wayside while we are away. Luckily, there are several solutions that can help travelers maintain their workout routine.
One good option is to spend time walking and exploring every day. This is an easy, effortless way to work some exercise into your day while enjoying new sights and places.
Other options include coming up with your own workouts, whether it's yoga or taking advantage of the hotel's gym facilities.
Or, if you enjoy more structure to your workouts, many gyms and fitness centers offer deals for new customers and people who are traveling from out of town.
Overall, the best way to stay healthy while traveling is to stick to your routine. This can be hard but it isn’t impossible. For example, if you regularly take vitamins and supplements, don’t stop while you’re away.
Plan to bring enough with you to last your whole trip and continue to take care of your health just like you would if you were at home and you will see that you will feel great throughout the duration of your trip.
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