Holidays away are a time to let your hair down and relax, as you break from the stress and hassle of the ‘real’ world. However, while you’ll want to use a getaway as an excuse to cool off, it’s also important not to let your health get away from you.
Today we’re going to tackle five different ways in which you can stay healthy when you’re traveling.
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- Find time to exercise
Alright, you don’t have to be pumping iron down the gym each night, but try to dedicate at least part of your day, every day, to getting in some much-needed exercise.
There are plenty of ways you can do this, including, but not limited to:
- Finding a hotel with a personal gym
- Booking a vacation which involves a lot of walking (or other activity)
- Finding days out which involve exercises
- Dedicating half-an-hour a day to a short run or jog
You probably shouldn’t go as hard on your travels as you might do at home, but it’s definitely worthwhile keeping yourself as active as possible.
- Eat right
Again, we’re not expecting you to forgo the odd treat here and there while on your excursion – but that doesn’t mean you can recklessly knock back the junk food.
Pizza and burgers every night are not a viable option for more than a few days at the most before it starts taking a toll on your system, so try to eat as balanced a diet as you can.
Counting calories might also be a help (although we’re aware this is probably too much of an ask while on holiday for most, so only do so if you’re seriously beginning to get concerned).
- Don’t shirk from the sun on arrival
It might be tempting after a long haul flight to hop straight into bed and crash, but it’ll be much more beneficial to try to bask in the sun (or simply spend time outdoors) for as long as you can. This will help your body clock adjust to your new surroundings.
Jet lag is one of those conditions which at first seems like nothing more than a minor nuisance, before eventually evolving into a serious problem if you allow it to linger.
A lack of sleep is often the direct result of losing your time-zone synchronicity – and the more tired you are, the more likely you are to feel fatigue and eventually develop an illness.
- Avoid certain foods
There are some foods any traveller worth their passport knows it’s worth steering well clear of, with certain products far more likely to cause you serious long-term harm than others.
The list of foods to avoid could theoretically be as long as your arm, but some of the key ones include:
- Raw or undercooked meat
- Undercooked eggs
- Tap water
- Salad (this is often washed in tap water)
- Street vendor food
While you’re not guaranteed to land in trouble if you scoff down on some of these dishes, your chances of picking up a bug are drastically increased.
- Lather up
While it’s good to get some rays upon arrival, you’ll want to make sure you’re not getting too much. Over-exposure to the sun has a two-fold negative impact on your body if you don’t protect yourself with sunscreen.
Firstly, it’ll burn your skin and leave you feeling incredibly sore for days (if you’re lucky – severe burns sometimes require hospital treatment and can even lead to skin cancer).
Secondly, staying out in the heat for too long is also sure to cause heatstroke – a condition which at best will leave you feeling sick with a headache, and at worst can result in serious long-term damage.
There you have it, five very easy – but important – ways to stay healthy while traveling. Make sure to follow these steps when you’re next away if you want to come back as spick and span as you left.