Traveling and exploring new places is absolutely incredible. Trying all of the new restaurants, pastries, and gelato from around the corner stores. And, as much as the food is a part of the culture, how do you balance that with trying to stay healthy while on the go?
Wouldn’t it be awesome if the extra calories we put in our bodies on vacation just didn’t count? The more you start to travel and explore, the more foods and deserts become a part of it. But, at some point, you have to look out for your body. Not to mention, flying and being in the air causes you body to swell, and snacking on road trips isn’t the best for you either.
I know that I’m no fitness expert, but I’d love to share 10 tips that I’ve found to keep my body healthy while on the go.
No. 1: Drink plenty of water
Drink plenty of water throughout your trip. Always keep a water bottle with you to save money and stay hydrated. Your body will thank you.
No. 2: Protect your skin
Protect your skin by remembering to use sunscreen in sunny environments and moisturizing in colder, dryer weather.
No. 3: Keep moving
Whether you’re in the air or in the car on a long road trip, make sure to take a stop or get up and walk around. Be sure to keep the blood moving and prevent blood clots.
No. 4: Stay away from salty foods
Try to go for the fresh food instead of the preservatives , and if you can, go for something less salty, your body will appreciate it. Especially when you’re flying, staying away from salty foods will help you feel less bloated and more refreshed!
No. 5: Adjust to your new time zone and get enough sleep
The most important thing you can do while traveling is sleep. You’re crossing time zones, carrying luggage from one destination to the next, walking all day, and much more, and your body needs rest. Don’t sleep too much though, you don’t want to waste your trip or get lethargic. Do your best to go to sleep or stay awake to adjust to your time zone right away and make the best of your trip.
No. 6: Get in a workout
There are plenty of options for working out while on the trip. For instance, get a hotel with a workout room and get in a quick workout or take a run around the neighborhood you’re staying at and see it that way. If those don’t work for you, there are plenty of in home workouts online that don’t require weights or much space at all.
No. 7: Stretch it out
Dedicate 10-15 minutes everyday in the morning or at night. Stretching makes you feel refreshed to start the day and also relax your body before going to sleep.
No. 8: Don’t skip breakfast
This one is pretty simple, but getting in a meal in the morning is important to keep up your metabolism while abroad.
No. 9: Don’t drink your calories
Again, pretty straightforward, but try to choose water, unsweetened tea, or other healthier options, instead of sugary drinks overflowing with calories.
No. 10: Cook your own foods
Cooking your own food is a great way to cut down on calories. Yes, restaurant food is delicious, but its made much less healthy than when you make it on your own. Not only that, but you’ll save money by staying in too.
Now go off and explore! What do you do to stay healthy when you travel? Comment below!