How to stay healthy while traveling?
Travel forces you out of our comfort zone and keeps you on your toes. Traveling is meant to be a beautiful and enriching experience. In between the excitement and discovery are long flights, busy itineraries, and sometimes — even harsh environmental conditions. There’s no wonder it becomes a struggle to stay healthy while traveling.
There IS hope. Here are the 6 habits you can incorporate to stay healthy while traveling. By doing so, not only will you maintain habits for a long term healthy lifestyle but you will also make the most out of your traveling experience.
Make Time for Cardio
Getting your body moving will set the tone for the entire day and keep your energy levels high. If you find yourself in a place with a gym, then consider using it – but here are other ways to stay healthy – that are more fun and will get you outside seeing the sites and meeting locals.
Do you have access to the beach or a pool? Swimming is an excellent form of cardio that is easy to do when you’re staying in an area near a body of water.
Also, see if you can sign yourself up for a yoga or dancing class in the area. You could be doing an enjoyable workout while connecting with the locals and fellow tourists.
The best and cheapest option is always to go for a good walk around your destination or rent a bike. You get to move around AND go sightseeing. Discovering places by foot gives you more opportunity to appreciate the little details that make a destination beautiful.
Pay Attention to Your Body
Your body is a temple. Pay close attention to what you take in as fuel.
Clean water can often be a scarce resource when you travel. When in doubt, use an easy-to-use and portable tool such as a SteriPEN to sterilize water before you drink the water.
Another tip is to sterilize your hands often, especially before a meal. It is wise to carry some hand sanitizer around so you can do it on-the-go. If you didn’t get to pack hand sanitizer, you can use Lime juice as an alternative.
Prepare yourself a first aid kit, just in case the need arises. If you have any special medication needed, then, secure copies of your prescriptions and pack extras of your meds.
Be sure to watch what you are eating. Try to eat as healthy as possible by making sure you are eating enough of the right stuff — fiber-rich, nutrient-filled, clean food.
A few indulgences are fine, but you need to learn to balance. Nuts, fruit and proteins are great to munch on to prevent you from getting too hungry, as this can lead to overeating.
Lastly, listen to when your body is in need of rest. You may have to sacrifice some hours of sleep on some days, but don’t let it get to a point where you are fatigued. Not only will this have an effect on your trip, but also on your overall health.
Stimulate Your Mind
When our minds are on vacation-mode, we usually associate this with doing absolutely nothing.
Nothing can be further from the truth. Traveling is meant to inspire us and bring us new insights. Our minds are in continuous motion — learning & discovering — it is never stagnant.
Meditation and journaling are both great to get in touch with your thoughts. Through these, you can become more self-aware and less reactive to circumstances.
Reading is also a great way to stimulate the mind. It can expand your view and impact life far beyond the trip.
Other ways to stimulate your mind include: playing brain games with your companions (or new friends), painting, and photography
Moreover, you can consider taking on a digital detox. Get yourself away from all the distractions that the digital age has brought. You will develop a clearer mind. It helps keep me on track and in the moment.
Lastly, you can stimulate your mind by setting aside time to do something spontaneous, even when this means doing absolutely nothing. Because often, we absorb more just by doing less.
Nourish Your Soul
Travel is a gateway into reconnecting with deeper parts of ourselves.
Seeing the world often creates a mirror to see deeper internally. Open your mind and your heart to new and different possibilities. Listen to your innermost thoughts as you experience the unfamiliar. There are often clues into our truest nature in our reactions to the unfamiliar.
A HUGE benefit of travelling comes from being effected by the places and people we encounter. Leaving space and time for the impressions to soak in can be alchemical. We can become someone new through our experiences. Being touched by our trips can lead to both an inner and outer sense of something new.
Show Your Skin Some Love
Our skin is the largest organ in our body. It protects us from the often-harsh environments we are exposed to while traveling.
Don’t forget to pack sunscreen when traveling, and make sure that you put it on at least 15 minutes before sun exposure. Otherwise, you will expose yourself to harm — premature aging, discoloration, and even skin cancer.
Keep your skin moisturized at all times. A great tip is to utilize some coconut oil as a moisturizer. It has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties that protect your skin. It also absorbs better than most oils.
Depending on where you’re traveling, you can get access to a spa. Going to the spa is often an affordable way to experience a culture. Many cultures incorporate their own style of massaging (e.g Thai massage, Swedish massage, reflexology, hammums and thermal baths are all spa activities special to specific cultures). You can relax while enjoying something truly unique and extremely cultural!
Have a Stress-free Plane Ride
The plane is where you spend some of the longest hours when you travel. You need to make sure that it is going to be as stress-free as possible.
Wipe down your seat and its surrounding areas with some sanitizing wipes before you take your seat and tidying your area will give you a better peace of mind.
Be sure to keep yourself hydrated before and throughout the duration of your flight. Doing so will help avoid nausea.
If you’re on a long-haul flight, remember to grab as much opportunity as you can to stretch your legs and walk around. This will keep the blood circulation running smoothly throughout your body.
An extra tip is to carry an extra pillow or a scarf on your carry-on. These can provide you with some extra lumbar support to keep your flight comfortable.
Traveling is an avenue for world discovery and self-discovery alike. Staying healthy is the ticket to making traveling to more and more places around the world possible.
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