We all know that traveling is amazing but it can also be stressful and detrimental towards our health especially because we’re always on the go. Here are a few ways to stay healthy while on the road.
Sleep sleep and sleep!
This is very important. Your body needs sleep especially if you’re physically travelling, crossing time zones, carrying luggage to and from various destinations, walking all day and so forth. Travelling can be harsh on the body so make sure to get plenty of rest.
Don’t try to see the entire city in one day. For example if you’re planning on visiting Colombo in Sri Lanka, base yourself in a central location in the city nearby to most of the cities locations like Yoho Carlwil Place so you can walk around and not try to rush everything out and just unnecessarily tire yourself out.
Stretch it out!
Have a full day ahead? Dedicate 5 – 10 minutes to every morning to stretch while you plan your day out. It doesn’t help to be stiff when travelling, so stretch before your next adventure. This way you will feel extremely refreshed before setting out.
Walk as much as possible
This is a very good way to burn calories. If possible invest in a Fitbit and monitor how many calories you are burning and the steps you have taken. You can do this also through apps on your phone but wearing a Fitbit looks a bit cooler and may just be a nice conversation starter especially if you’re travelling alone.
Have an exercise routine
Plan ahead on a few exercises you can do while in your hotel room or on the beach and try your best to do them. If possible, look for hotels with fitness centres or if you’re staying somewhere for a long period get a temporary gym membership in a gym convenient to you. Stairs can also be a good option.
Don’t skip and go straight to lunch. Just don’t! If you don’t want to eat your breakfast because you know you will be eating out for lunch and dinner then buy a packet of instant oatmeal and make it in your hotel room or apartment and eat it before heading out. Skipping breakfast is a serious crime.
Carry a bottle of water wherever you maybe going even if it’s inconvenient for you to find public restrooms to use. Water is the source of life and trust me your body will thank you for it!
Remember to wash your hands especially before you eat. It might be smart to carry around wet-wipes and hand sanitiser incase water and soap is unavailable for you to use. You’ve been walking all day and coming into contact with people, things, doorknobs etc and the last thing you want to do is eat with dirty hands.
Most of the fun in traveling to another country is eating the local cuisine, however that doesn’t mean one has to go crazy and totally jump off the band wagon. You can always speak to the waiter and see what ingredients are used in certain dishes and if you’re trying to avoid a particular type of ingredient then may be able to tell them this. For example if you’re trying to stay gluten free or diary free, just have a chat with the waiter and see what they can do. Also practice ‘Hara Hachi Bu’; which is a Japanese concept that means eat until you’re 80 percent full. The Japanese maybe onto something here, considering the country has a high number of centurions.
Protect your skin
Wear sunscreen and if you’re going sunbathing remember to use to sun tan lotion so you don’t burn. Also if you’re visiting an area with a high population of mosquitoes and insects be sure to wear insect repellant to protect yourself.
Enjoy your escapade and stay healthy!