For many people, the weeks or months leading up to a vacation are the times to trim down and get fit in order to enjoy their travels to the max. However, if you’ve been living a healthy lifestyle with the idea that you’ll indulge while traveling, you may come to find that you’re left with little energy and feeling sluggish once you make these changes. This could leave you with a less than ideal vacation. So, to help you stay fit and healthy even while traveling, here are three things to do while traveling that are good for your health.
Embrace The Sanitizer
While most people remember to wash their hands after visiting the restroom and before eating a meal, the time in between can be just as germ-filled as these occasions. And even though you might be used to the germs in your own home or throughout your office, new germs that you’re exposed to while traveling could get you sick before know it. For this reason, Travel and Leisure recommends always bringing hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes with you whenever you travel. Apart from cleaning your hands occasionally, especially if you’ve used public transit or visited a tourist attraction, be sure you wipe down commonly used surfaces in your hotel room so as to limit your exposure to foreign germs and keep yourself healthy.
Walk When You Can
For many people, walking is just something you do to get from the short distance between A to B. However, when you’re traveling and out of your normal exercise routine, getting in longer walks could be a great way to get some much needed cardio as well. Roger Wellington, a contributor to the Huffington Post, recommends walking whenever you can while traveling. If it’s a mile or two to your next destination, skip the taxi or public transit and simply walk. Not only will this be good for your health—barring you don’t have any medical issues—but it can give you a better feel of the city you're visiting as well as save you money on transportation costs.
Choose Food For Energy
Experiencing another city’s cuisine is one of the best things about traveling. However, if you only think about food as a form of entertainment, you may find that you’re taking in way too many calories that are bad for your health. To combat this, try thinking about the food you’re eating more as a way to get energy and less as a way to pass the time. Joshua Duvauchelle, a contributor to USA Today, suggests ensuring that you’re getting enough water, eating fruits and vegetables, not skipping breakfast, and avoiding fast food to get the energy your body needs to keep up with your traveling plans.
If you’re looking for ways to maintain your health despite being away from home, use the tips mentioned above to help you do just that.