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How to Exercise & Stay Healthy While Traveling

Posted by Twin Towers on November 13, 2018

How to Exercise and Stay Healthy While TravellingWhether you’re venturing stateside or journeying afar, use these tips to easily maintain your fitness and healthy lifestyle while traveling.

4 Tips to Staying Healthy While Traveling

1. Stretch

Stretching while traveling is important to keep the blood circulating and to help muscle fatigue and cramping.

When Traveling By Car

When Flying

  • Store belongings in the overhead compartment for more leg room.
  • Choose an aisle seat preferably in the first row behind an emergency exit for even more legroom.
  • Do seated stretches least once an hour.
  • On long flights, set a goal to get up and walk up and down the aisles every hour.
  • Stretch your arms, neck and legs in the space near the restrooms.

2. Eat Safely

  • In foreign places or whenever in doubt, opt for filtered/bottled water to ensure safe drinking water.
  • Condiments from sealed packages are safer than those exposed to the environment.
  • Aim to eat familiar foods at least one meal during the day for easier digestion.
  • Check out restaurant reviews online and consider translating the menu before placing your order.
  • Take supplements and vitamins to maintain balanced nutrition intake.

3. Don’t Skip Exercise

  • Take advantage of the hotel gym.
  • Pack comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing.
  • Choose to walk when you can and use sightseeing as a means to increase cardio.
  • Use a pedometer or your phone to track your steps each day.

4. Get Some Sleep

  • Time zone differences may jumble your sleep schedule. Try to get into a routine in the first 24 hours.
  • Bring as much of your home environment with you as possible. For example, if you sleep with a soft pillow and fan, either bring those or purchase them when you arrive.
  • Stop eating 12-16 hours before you want to wake up. This will trigger your body to prepare for the night cycle.
  • Try to gradually adjust your sleep time before the first day of travel.
  • Go on a walk each morning to jump start the day.
  • To help you decompress after a day of sightseeing, try some breathing exercises before bed.

Relax and Recharge

It may seem obvious that you will relax and take a break on vacation but scheduling too many tours and destinations can be the exact opposite and very stressful. Plan no more than 1 or 2 tours in a day and leave time each day for random adventures.

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