Travelling is amazing. It allows us to visit a destination we have never been before and at the same time, allow us to take a break from our typical daily busy routines. While this is beneficial to your overall well-being because you get time to have fun, rest and rejuvenate, it can also take you away from your healthy habits such as exercising, eating a balanced-diet, drinking enough water and getting quality sleep.
As much as you want to have a good time during your travels, taking a break from your healthy habits in the name of having fun can be a costly affair. Even if you want to visit as many attraction sites as time can allow, you must ensure you have enough time to enjoy a goodnights sleep as well. Trying out a new dish is allowed, after all, you are away from home to spoil yourself to your fullest. However, it is equally important to note that overindulging on unhealthy foods throughout your trip could lead to unhealthy complications you would never wish to deal with especially while away from home.
Besides, you want to go back home as a well-rested and a healthy person. Not the vice versa. In that regard, the information contained in this article is meant to help you have a good time while travelling but at the same time avoid things and activities that can ruin your health.
Super effective tips to stay healthy while on the move
Get enough sleep
Always make sure you get enough sleep even if you are away from home. Sleeping is the only way your body can rest and get energized for next day adventures thanks to toxins hormone which your body releases when you are sleeping. You may think that your body is not getting tired during your travels because if you are not seating inside a car then you are on your flight but that is far from it. Travelling can get hard on your body because at some point you may be required to carry heavy luggage or run in the airport to catch your flight. More so, sitting on the car or flight seat is not relaxing enough to give your body the kind of rest it requires. Therefore, after a long day, ensure you check into a good hotel and get enough sleep. This should happen throughout your travelling period. If you are traveling during the night, then it’s not awkward to sleep during the day even if it’s for a few hours.
Drink enough water
Many people avoid taking water during their trips because they want to avoid going to the public restrooms. However, water is vital to your overall well-being. It is the foundation of your livelihood and your body needs it to operate the way it’s supposed to. Being dehydrated can have dire consequences that are better avoided at all cost. As a travel enthusiast, invest on a good-quality reusable water bottle. It should be your companion everywhere you go. Remember to fill it with clean water before leaving the house or your hotel room. This can help you stay hydrated even when going to places without access to clean water.
The fact that you are away from your home gym is not an excuse to forgo your exercise routine. There are so many things you can do to keep fit while on the move. You don’t have to use lift or elevator all the time, take the stairs instead. Besides, activities such as swimming, hiking and walking in a new place can be very adventurous and at the same time help you to keep fit. You can also get a hotel with a fitness center where you will be doing your daily workouts either during the morning or in the evening after your daily fun. All these can be great options to keep your body physically fit.
Keep your calorie and sugar intake lower
While you will all agree it’s quite tough to stick to your usual diet when traveling, it’s worth giving it a try. Of course, you are away from busy schedules and wants to simply have a good time. However, note that if you are going to over-indulge in alcoholic and non-alcoholic sweet drinks, your level of sugar and calorie intake will be so high. Plus, alcohol consumption can disrupt your sleep. There is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying some sweet treats or a drink during your vacation. It’s understandable. However, you must keep things in moderation to ensure your health is not compromised.
Carry wet wipes and sanitizer
While on the move, you will come into contact with people, stuff and door knobs among other things. All those things you will be touching are not germ-free and so it’s upon you to protect yourself. Hence, among the things you will pack in your carry-on backpack, ensure there are lots of hand sanitizers and wet wipes. When traveling, you will realize that getting water and soap to clean your hands may not be available all the time. Having an alternative can be a life saver.
Clean your hands before eating
This may seem obvious but it’s worth emphasizing. During travels, your hands touch a lot of dirty things. Some may look clean to your eyes but they are full of bacteria and germs. To protect yourself, make sure you clean your hands before eating anything including snacks you may get along the way. Also, avoid touching your face if your hands are not clean.
Protect your skin
Your skin is your largest body organ. It’s the organ that protects other inner organs and so it’s upon you to protect it. When you are travelling, your skin may be exposed to harsh conditions such as hot sun, wind, dust and even insects which can all affect your health in one way or another. Thus, ensure you wear sunscreen if you are going to be outdoor and remember to reapply it after every two hours for maximum protection. If the area you are traveling to is populated with insects such as mosquitoes, prevent your skin from bites by wearing an insect repellent.
Stay healthy during your travels
You have to be healthy if your trips are going to be a success story. Ensuring you keep fit and eat healthy while on the move should be your main goal right from the beginning. The above tips can help you to enjoy your escapades without compromising on your healthy. Always prioritize on your health to ensure your trips are not canceled or delayed because you are not fit to hit the road.