How to Stay Healthy While Travelling
One of the best parts of travelling is not having a schedule. There’s
no need to hit the snooze button and you can simply spend the day as
you want. But without a schedule, it’s also easy for your exercise
routine to fall by the wayside. It’s hard to resist trying out the
local cuisine and you never know if you’ll be back again.
It’s a bad habit to fall into but one that’s also understandable.
You’re on vacation so the last thing you probably want to do is reach
a new personal record or endure an exhausting workout. If you go long
enough without exercising though it can be difficult to get back to
your usual routine. Then you’ll need to work even harder to burn off
any weight you might’ve gained.
Staying healthy while travelling doesn’t need to be all that difficult. Even small measures can really go a long way towards maintaining an active lifestyle. Here we’ll look at ways you can stay healthy even while you’re travelling.
Get Travel Vaccinations
Dangerous diseases are sadly a reality of travelling in certain
regions of the world. If you plan to travel overseas, it’s important
to get the right vaccine and advice depending on where you’re going.
For example, some diseases like
are a potential risk in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America,
while other infections such as
can be more common in regions such as South Asia.
Be sure to speak with your doctor at least two months before your trip
to allow enough time for any vaccines to take effect. If you plan to
be away for a longer period, you may also want to get a general health
Drinks Lots of Water
In the excitement of exploring a new destination, it can be easy to
forget to drink as much water as you normally do. But it’s critically
important to stay hydrated especially as you’re expending more energy
walking around. Not drinking enough can result in dehydration which
carries serious health complications over prolonged periods.
Follow the 8x8 rule or drink eight 8-ounce glasses a day to ensure you’re getting enough water. You can also carry a water bottle so it’s always available.
Work Out in the Morning
When travelling you likely want to fit in as much as you can in a day.
But that can also make it difficult to find time to exercise. By the
time you get back to your room, it’ll either be too late or you’ll
simply be too tired to do anything else.
Take the first 10 or 15 minutes in the morning for
a short workout.
even have complimentary gym access. If that’s an option be sure to
take advantage of it. If there’s no gym, you can still do high
intensity workouts like push-ups, squat jumps, and plyometric lunges
in your room. The key is to get your heart rate up as it improves your
Go On a Walking Tour
Nearly every city in the world offers a range of walking tours. Not
only do you get a great workout but it also gives you a better look at
the city. Whether you’re interested in architecture, history, culture,
or food, chances are there’s a walking tour you can take based on your
Look for guidebooks or travel sites for recommendations based on your area. You can also easily create your own walking tour by picking a handful of spots within walking distance. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes to prevent any injury on your travels. The last thing you want is to have a serious slip or fall.
Get Enough Sleep
Quality sleep is just as important to your health as staying hydrated
and exercising. Lack of sleep has been linked to a number of health
conditions including heart disease and diabetes. You probably can’t
wait to continue exploring the city but at the same time you shouldn’t
be compromising the amount of sleep you get.
The National Sleep Foundation suggests that most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep. To help you get better sleep, pack a comfortable travel pillow and bring ear plugs with you. You might even want to bring a sleep mask to block out any light.
Staying healthy while travelling doesn’t need to be difficult as long
as you follow the tips outlined here. It does require taking
additional measures but you’ll be glad that you did.