We book our vacations with the intent of getting some R&R, but they can sometimes have the opposite effect. Unexpected detours, jam-packed days, and changes to our routine can sometimes leave us feeling wiped, not rejuvenated. To make the most of your getaway, try these travel tips to maintain good health:
Maintain your exercise routine.
Though you can (and should!) take some time to lounge, it’s also important to schedule some exercise into your morning. Whether it’s a long walk or a trip to the hotel gym, taking 20 to 30 minutes to break a sweat can leave you feeling energized and clear-headed for the day’s adventures.
Dehydration increases physical and psychological stress, so drink up! Choose water, and avoid sodas, juices, and “diet” drinks, which are often loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients. If you plan to drink alcohol, pick low-sugar and juice-free cocktails, and alternate with water – particularly when temperatures start to rise.
Stuff yourself (with veggies).
Choose foods that give you energy, not suck it away. Go ahead and take that (bunless!) burger at the BBQ, but also pile your plate high with salad and fresh veggies.
Arm your guts.
The new foods and new routines of travel can wreak havoc on the digestive system, setting the stage for illness and fatigue. Be good to your gut, supporting it with a daily probiotic and digestive enzymes.
Recharge yourself – not your devices!
Vacation is a great time to disconnect from the patterns that foster tech addiction. While you’re away, support the health of your brain, body and spirit by withdrawing as much as possible from your phone, laptop, and tablet. (Need help with your digital detox? Try these 10 tips!)
Here’s to traveling—and being—well, no matter where you roam.