12 Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

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You may be fairly good at maintaining a relatively healthy lifestyle when at home. In fact, you may even do more than just take a fairly decent approach to living a healthy life. You may make it a priority.

The problem arises for you when you travel. You find yourself abandoning, at least to some degree, your healthier living routines when you take to the road on a trip. There are a dozen trips you can integrate into your travels to stay healthy.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Perhaps the most important thing you need to do while traveling is to get plenty of sleep. The reality is that when traveling, you are likely to exert more energy and be more active than is the case when you are home. Thus, you not only need the level of sleep you get at home, but you really need more to fully restore from your travel activities.

The recommended (really, required) amount of sleep an adult should get at night is between seven and nine hours. In the end, if you skimp on sleep while traveling, you likely will end up not getting the most out of your travels, whether you are on the road for business or pleasure.

Pace Yourself While Traveling

You don’t need to physically and mentally wear yourself out while traveling. For example, if you’ve ended up in a particular destination city, you don’t need to take in all of the important sites in a rushed day. In reality, you don’t need to take in all of the sites in one trip.

By pacing yourself, you will stay healthier and less stressed. In addition, you will better enjoy your travel adventure when you’re not rushing through everything.

Stretch Regularly

Start your day dedicating at least five to 10 minutes to stretching. Stretch your arms, legs, neck, shoulders, and back. This will leave you more limber and capable of walking with greater ease. If you stretch in this manner, you also minimize the chance of getting certain types of injuries while walking about in a trip.

Consider Breathing Exercises

Breathing exercises can also assist you in avoiding stress while traveling. It helps you relax during and after a day of traveling or touring as well.

Walk as Much as Possible

When you can, walk while traveling. For example, rather than hailing a cab or taking an Uber to a bistro for a meal, walk. Walking is nearly universally considered to be on the best types of exercise a person can undertake. In short, when traveling take advantage of walking whenever you possible can do so.

Maintain an Exercise Routine

If you have a regular exercise routine at home, do your best to maintain it while traveling. For example, if you work out in a gym a few days a week, take advantage of a fitness center at a hotel.

If you have limitations on what is available to you as far as exercise equipment when traveling, you can always walk!

Don’t Skip Breakfast

There is truth underpinning the statements about the importance of breakfast. Always eat breakfast when traveling.

There is a myriad of hotels and motels that offer free breakfast. Oftentimes, these free breakfasts are nice spreads. You can get a decent and tasty meal, and save money in the process.

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water while traveling. This process should begin the day before you board an airplane. Airplanes are notorious for being environments that can speed the dehydration process.

Try to incorporate a glass or two of water into every meal. Carry some sort of water bottle with you while touring or participating in different activities while on a trip.

Limit Alcohol, Sweets, and Other Junk Food

Certainly, you may want to enjoy different restaurants, pubs, and clubs when traveling. With this in mind, limit the amount of alcohol you drink and the amount of sweets and junk food your consume when traveling.

Eat More Fruit

Substitute fresh fruit for other types of less health snacks when traveling. Instead of having a candy bar, have an apple, pear, banana, or some other type of fruit.

Eat More Vegetables

Up the number of vegetables you eat each day when traveling. Oftentimes the easiest way to increase the amount of vegetables you eat while traveling is to include vegetables of different types in your meals.

Make (Some of) Your Own Meals

Finally, you can maintain a healthier diet while traveling while making some of your meals while on the road. For example, you can plan a healthy picnic as one of the activities you do while traveling.