16 Tips To Stay Healthy While Traveling

Posted By Roger Wellington the Traveling Yorkie on Sep 5, 2016 | 4 comments


Arf, arf, escapaders!  We all know that traveling is amazing, but it can also be stressful and detrimental to our health when we’re constantly on the go.  Here are 16 tips to help you stay healthy while traveling:

 

#1 SLEEP, SLEEP, AND SLEEP

The most important thing you can do to stay healthy while traveling is sleep.  Your body needs rest when you’re physically traveling, crossing time zones, carrying luggage to and from destinations, walking all day, and so forth.  Traveling is harsh on your body so make sure you get plenty of rest.  How much is enough?  Listen to your body.  After a long walk, I sleep for a few hours and allow my body to rest before the next one.

16 Tips To Stay Healthy While Traveling

 

#2 PACE YOURSELF

Don’t try to see the entire city all in one day.  If you plan to do a lot in a big city, consider staying longer to slow down your pace and spread your itinerary.  You’ll also get to know the area more instead of just being able to say that you’ve “been there.”  Be active and roam the streets, but don’t overdo it.  Take plenty of breaks in between.

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#3 STRETCH IT OUT

Have a full day ahead?  Dedicate at least 5-10 minutes every morning to stretch before you start your day of adventure.  Stretch your arms, legs, neck, shoulders, and back – you’ll feel so refreshed.  It’s easy to sneak in simple neck and shoulder stretches throughout the day while you’re waiting for your food, the bathroom, transportation, etc.  I also stretch right before bedtime because it relaxes my muscles and gives me a better night sleep.

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#4 BREATHE

You can do breathing exercises anywhere and anytime.  Take a deep breath, hold it, and exhale.  Repeat.  It helps you relax and counter the stress of traveling.

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#5 WALK EVERYWHERE

Get your daily exercise and truly learn about a place at the same time.  The train station is 1.5 miles away?  How about walking there instead of hopping on metro?  Skip the elevator or escalator and walk the stairs instead!

16 Tips To Stay Healthy While Traveling

 

#6 HAVE AN EXERCISE ROUTINE

Get a hotel with a fitness center or purchase a temporary pass at the local gym.  If not, you can always work out in your room (pushups, sit ups, yoga poses, jumping jacks – get creative!) or do a run in the neighborhood.  Some public beaches even have a free workout area for people to use.  Have a schedule in mind and stick to it, whether it is exercising every other day at 8 am or every two days at 3 pm.

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#7 EAT BREAKFAST

Don’t skip out and go straight to lunch.  Just don’t.  If you don’t want to eat out for breakfast because you’ll be eating out for lunch and dinner, MAKE YOUR OWN BREAKFAST!  It’s easy to buy a box of instant oatmeal and make it with hot water in your hotel room or apartment before heading out for the day.  You can also buy fruit and cereal at the local grocery store.  When hot water isn’t readily available, you can grab pastries and orange juice from a nearby bakery.  Whatever you do, don’t skip breakfast!  It’s the most important meal of the day for a reason – it gives you the energy to start your day right.  Make your mom proud. 🙂

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#8 HYDRATE

Carry a water bottle with you at all times.  Drink enough water even though it may not be convenient to find public restrooms on the road.  It’s the foundation of your livelihood.  Your body will THANK YOU.

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#9 CUT DOWN ON ALCOHOL AND SWEET DRINKS

Alcohol and non-alcoholic sweet drinks are packed with calories.  Keep your calorie count and sugar intake lower by drinking water instead.  Not to mention, alcohol also disrupts your sleep.  Of course, you’re away from work and want to enjoy a drink or two on your vacation; yes, that’s fine – the key here is to consume in moderation.

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#10 ORDER VEGGIES, CUT THE MEAT

Eat veggies when you can!  Pick healthier options when dining out.  Choose a vegetarian dish or add a salad to your meal.  You can also buy your own veggies or ready-made salad from the grocery store.

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#11 EAT PLENTY OF FRUIT

Buy fruit at the grocery store and eat them for breakfast or as healthy snacks throughout the day.  Bananas, apples, and oranges can be found virtually in any grocery store in the world.

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#12 MAKE YOUR OWN MEALS

Of course, you didn’t come halfway around the world to eat your own cooking.  BUT if you’re going on a somewhat long trip or want to eat well, this is definitely not a bad idea as eating out everyday may not be the healthiest.  Shop for ingredients at the grocery store.  It’s also fun to check out the local produce.  No kitchen?  No problem.  Ask the hotel staff for plates and utensils.  You can easily make sandwiches and salads without a kitchen.  Enjoy a nice picnic at a park!

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#13 USE WETNAPS AND HAND SANITIZER

This comes in handy when water and soap aren’t available, which can happen quite frequently when traveling.  You’ve been walking all day and coming into contact with people, things, doors, etc. and the last thing you want to do is eat with dirty hands.  Prevent the spread of germs and bacteria by cleaning your hands, especially before and/or after a meal.

*Please do NOT use human wipes on dogs! Use only dog-approved wipes on your furry friends.

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#14 PRACTICE “HARA HACHI BU”

Hara Hachi Bu is a Japanese concept that means to eat until you’re 80% full.  The Japanese may be onto something considering the country has an indisputable high number of centenarians.  How do you know when you’ve hit 80%?  Well, just don’t overeat or eat enough to be too full.  Eat smaller meals throughout the day or split your meal and save leftovers for dinner or lunch the next day.

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#15 TAKE YOUR VITAMINS

It can be difficult to eat a healthy balanced meal with all the essential vitamins when traveling so take your daily multi-vitamins to supplement your meals.

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#16 PROTECT YOUR SKIN

Protect your skin from being outdoors by wearing sunscreen with minimum SPF 15.  Reapply every two hours if you can.  If you’re visiting an area with a large population of mosquitoes and insects, be sure to wear insect repellent to prevent bites.

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Like all my tips on how to stay healthy while traveling? Feel free to share your own tip in the comment section below!

Want more healthy travel tips? Be sure to check out 8 ways to be healthy on that long international flight!

 

Markin’ it up,

Roger Wellington a.k.a. The Doob

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