Whether travelling for business or pleasure, by plane or family car, there are things travellers can do to increase their chances of staying healthy on the road. Do not let travel be the excuse for slacking off on regular exercise or choosing unhealthy eating options. Following a few sensible suggestions will help travellers reduce their stress level, avoid illnesses, and enjoy the trip more.
Try to eat smart and maintain a balanced diet when travelling. Many travellers succumb to the temptation of fast food stops because it seems more convenient. Try to avoid high calorie, high-fat foods. Fried foods and supersize portions add more calories than many people consume in their regular diet. Add to that hour of activity while sitting in a car or plane, and it’s no wonder our digestive systems feel sluggish. If fast food is the only option, try a salad. Plan ahead and pack healthy snacks such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Remember to stay hydrated. Most people do not drink enough water when travelling, and water helps the body flush toxins. Avoid alcohol and caffeine on long plane flights.
Try to stay active and keep moving. Travelers can develop blood clots from sitting too long. Take a rest stop every couple of hours and walk around a bit. On long plane flights, move around in the aisle or walk to the lavatory. Book a hotel that offers fitness facilities or a pool. Then make time in your schedule for some exercise. Explore your destination by taking a walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Exercise in the hotel room by pulling up a fitness video on your laptop. Exercise reduces stress and often helps us sleep better.
Many of us do not get the rest we should when travelling. Sleep deprivation can lead to irritability, headaches, and digestive problems. Try to maintain your regular sleeping schedule as much as possible, and get at least six hours of sleep each night. If travelling by car, take a short rest when not driving. Bringing a pillow from home can help make things more comfortable.
Wash hands often with soap and water when travelling. Hand sanitizer is a good option if washing is not possible. However, sanitizers do not always work against viruses. Disinfecting wipes can come in handy for cleaning germs off surfaces like door handles and faucets. Try to keep hands away from the eyes, nose, and mouth. Taking a multivitamin or vitamin C every day can help boost the immune system and fight off illness.
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