While fun and exciting, travel can take a toll on your health if you aren’t careful. Being on the road all the time has its disadvantages, but you can mitigate these by implementing the following advice into your next journey.
Get Enough Sleep
Remember to prioritize getting a full night of sleep, even when you sleep. Switching time zones, walking around a strange city for the first time, and carrying luggage is both physically and mentally exhausting. Don’t stay up later than you normally would. Instead, go to bed at a reasonable hour to ensure that you’re well rested and ready for the next day. You can also take short naps between events.
Drinking enough water may be difficult when you’re traveling. You might not have the convenience of water constantly at your disposal like you would at home. You can combat this by carrying a refillable water bottle with you everywhere. Remember to drink eight glasses a day. Make sure you drink alcohol and sugary beverages like sodas in moderation. These are packed with calories and sugar, and may disrupt your energy levels and sleep patterns.
Just because your schedule may be disrupted doesn’t mean your eating habits need to be! Remember to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Be careful not to skip breakfast. They don’t call it the most important meal of the day for nothing. Your body needs breakfast to properly energize you for the day. You can create easy, healthy breakfasts for yourself. If you find eating healthy and balanced meals more difficult while traveling, consider taking a daily multi-vitamin to supplement your meals.
Remember to Exercise
If you have an exercise routine, stick to it! This could be as simple as performing some jumping jacks or pushups in your hotel room. You can also go for a run or buy a temporary pass for the local gym.
Another good way to get in your exercise (and see the city) is to walk everywhere instead of taking a taxi or public transportation.
Dress for the Weather
Remember to research ahead of time what the weather will be like so you can dress appropriately. If the weather is hot, wear loose fitting and light clothing with a hat. Don’t forget the sunscreen, and remember that you need to reapply it every few hours for it to be effective.