STAY HEALTHY & HAPPY ON THE GO
Whether traveling for business or pleasure, it can be exhilarating to see the world outside of the comfort zone of home. Yet between jetlag, foreign microbes, airplane food, and limited workout opportunities, travel can also take a toll on our bodies. Here are four go-to tips to stay healthy and in-shape while on the go.
PACK LIGHT ~ TRAVEL LIGHT
Being weighed down by an oversized suitcase and heavy carry-on luggage can slow down even the most skilled of travelers and lead to all kinds of aches, pains, and even injuries.
Bring the necessities – a passport, a credit card, travel-sized hygiene products, and medications – but forgo any nonessentials. It may help to ask yourself as you are filling your case, “Do I really need this fifth T-shirt (or seventh pair of socks or twelfth headband or whatever it may be)? Will I really use this?” If the answer is no, then let it go.
MAKE YOUR WORKOUT PORTABLE
One of the greatest travel stressors to athletes, gym-buffs, or anyone who has a dedicated fitness routine is becoming out of shape while away from home. Travel may make it challenging to control when, how, and for how long we can exercise, but developing a portable workout routine can help.
For example, running or walking can be an easy exercise to take on the road if you are staying in a location with access to a park, a river, a quiet neighborhood, a treadmill, or even a stairwell.
Yoga is another option that can be practiced easily from the comfort of your hotel room with minimal equipment. A towel can suffice for a mat, and an app or a favorite travel sequence
can be sufficient guidance to begin. Even if it’s not our usual workout, finding the time to stay active for even a few minutes during our time away can make a difference in how we feel when we return.
EAT YOUR VEGGIES TO STAY HEALTHY
Often when we travel, we are surrounded by food temptations that may be less than healthy. While there is no harm in indulging every now and then, our bodies may feel out of whack from a diet that is composed of 100% junk food. It can help to do your homework ahead in mapping out healthy food options, using HappyCow
as a starting point. Especially for travelers with allergies or strict dietary requirements, packing along a few healthy snacks can be helpful when hunger strikes and sugary snacks are the only choice around.
TRAVEL ON YOUR OWN SCHEDULE
Rather than scheduling out a packed agenda of tourist attractions to see, people to meet, and recommended restaurants to try, make space for the activities that you truly enjoy – whether that means going for a hike, visiting a lesser-known modern art museum, or simply sitting in a coffee shop.
Sometimes making “me time” may mean forfeiting five-hour lines to the top of the Eiffel Tower just to say you’ve seen it, but that’s five hours of precious time that you could be spending on something you truly value. If you have the opportunity, take at least a day to yourself to travel on your own schedule, making room for wellness along the way.