Travelling puts you into new environments with unique cultures. These are the kinds of experiences that bring perspective into your own life and shape your worldview. Studies have shown that travelling can even reduce stress and improve overall wellness.
One difficult aspect of travelling though is maintaining a healthy routine. It’s hard to resist tasting as many different dishes as you can and gyms may not be as accessible. Both are valid points but it’s still important to maintain your health. Otherwise, you’ll only make it harder to get back to your regular exercise routine and you’ll need to put in more effort to drop any weight you’ve gained.
With that said, here we’ll look at how you can stay healthy while travelling and still enjoy your vacation without feeling guilty.
1. Stay Hydrated
The importance of staying hydrated cannot be stressed enough. Not drinking enough can lead to dehydration and cause feelings of dizziness or light-headedness. When exploring a new area it can be easy to forget to drink as much water as you normally do. Bring a water bottle with you or request extra bottled water for your room. Health experts recommend following the 8×8 rule – drinking eight 8-ounce glasses a day (equal to about 2 litres) to stay hydrated.
2. Exercise at the Gym
Even a small amount of exercise goes a long way to maintaining your health while travelling. Many hotels have gyms with complimentary access for guests. Definitely, take advantage of this or consider purchasing a temporary pass at a local gym. Be sure to schedule your workouts first thing in the morning as you may be too busy to do them later in the day. Don’t have access to a gym? You can still do 10 to 15 minutes of workouts like push-ups, burpees, and jump squats right in your room.
3. Take a Walking Tour
Walking tours are a great alternative to taking a bus or car tour. Not only are you able to get in your daily exercise but you can also explore the city at a leisurely pace. Look for guidebooks or travel sites for walking tours in your area, and pick one for each day. Whether you’re interested in history, food or culture, almost every city around the world offers a range of walking tours for tourists to participate in.
4. Pick Healthier Food Options
Sticking to a diet can be especially hard on vacation. You’re in a completely new area and you never know when or if you’ll be back. It’s only natural to want to try out new foods but it’s also important to have a balanced diet. Aim to include nutritious food like fruits and vegetables in your diet, and pick healthier alternatives if available. Limit alcohol consumption to cut back on extra calories. One beer won’t hurt but one every day can really start to add up.
5. Get Enough Sleep
Quality sleep is essential for your overall health and well-being. In fact, lack of sleep can lead to various health conditions including heart disease and diabetes. Travelling is undoubtedly exciting but you also shouldn’t be compromising the quality of your sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends adults get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Consider packing a travel pillow and earplugs to help you sleep better and prevent burnout from exhaustion.
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