Traveling is a wonderful experience and a privilege but there can be some added complications to living out of a suitcase, being on and off of planes, changing climates, and not having a permanent address. Keeping on top of your health, fitness, and nutrition can often pose a challenge for travelers. So here are ways to help you can stay healthy while traveling.
Be safe in the sun
At the risk of sounding like your mother, be sure to take all the necessary precautions when in sunny climates. Yes, this includes wearing appropriate sunscreen and re-applying regularly but it also includes limiting the time in the sun, opting for shade, cover-ups, and keeping hydrated.
Sunburn is awful but heatstroke is quite another thing. You also need to be mindful of different climates and the potential exposure to harmful rays. Just because it may appear cloudy doesn’t mean you can’t burn or overheat. Remember you can still get badly burnt on the ski slopes!
Wrap up in the cold
Of course, it stands to reason that you do not just have to be safe in the sun. If you are going to be visiting particularly cold climates then you need to prepare for a whole different set of issues. You need to pack clothes and layers appropriately and be mindful of preventing serious complaints such as hypothermia or frostbite. At the very least you will need good base layers, hats, gloves, waterproof and snowproof boots, and a very warm coat.
Don’t skip the fitness regime
Just because you are traveling and are unlikely to have access to a gym, it does not mean you have a free pass on your exercise schedule. If all you have is a pair of sneakers then use them to go for a run. If you are unsure of your safety or do not feel comfortable running then why not download a fitness app or sign up for virtual classes that allow you to workout from wherever you are. I’ve used both the 8fit and Fiton apps, and when you just want a quick workout the 7-minute workout can do the trick. Whether you are into yoga, core fitness, or strength building there is no excuse not to work out while traveling.
Be mindful of what you are eating
Granted this may be easier said than done when traveling but it is important to remember that extended travels are not really a holiday and the ‘I’m on holiday I can eat what I want attitude’ isn’t sustainable over long periods. Naturally, you will want to try all the new foods and the treats and delicacies of the country you’re visiting but try to remember to keep it balanced with tips for eating healthy while traveling.
Vaccinations and medications
Vaccinations have long been required to travel to some destinations and it may be that you need to undergo certain vaccines or take particular medicines to protect yourself in certain countries. Anti-malaria tablets are commonly prescribed for travelers as is the requirement to have a rabies shot or yellow fever vaccine. Do your research on your destinations and consult with a medical practitioner regarding any vaccinations or medications you might need.
What are some ways you like to stay healthy during a trip?