While travelling, you are deviating from the usual home routine, so it pays to be careful. You will have to keep yourself healthy and fit because falling sick and helpless in an unknown place is akin to horror.
For some people, travelling for work and sometimes for leisure can be a bit stressful because they are away from their home cocoon, and there is a change in pattern and lifestyle.
Here’s how you can cope with such situations in life:
- Keep Yourself Hydrated
There is absolutely no replacement for water. Your body needs plain water, apart from all the juices or soups you may consume during your travel. So travel with as many bottles as you can, and keep your bottles always refilled.
You never know when you will be in a situation where you don’t get access to plain drinking water. Water is not only good to keep you hydrated, it is also the best bet to flush the toxins from your system when you’ve consumed rich foods.
- Carry Your Fitness Gear if You Cannot Visit a Gym
There are lightweight, packable pieces of gym equipment that you can carry with you. These would meet your health requirements and keep you fit at the same time.
Suspension trainers, gliding disks, jump ropes, cardio skips, fit tools for smaller hotel rooms and resistance bands are good options to go into your travel bag.
If most of your travel is by car, then chuck in a folding bike in the trunk, and you have an active form of transportation as well. With these equipments in hand, you need not worry about missing out on your regular exercise and workouts.
- Walking to Your Destination
Instead of taking the cab or the bus, breathe in the fresh air and take long strides to your destination. Walking makes you lose weight, it makes you feel good. So if time is on your side, walk.
It is not only “burning the calories” part, walking can make you appreciate nature as well. Unless you are in an unfamiliar or unsafe road, or have a physical condition, walking is the best option. Similarly, if you are in a big city, walk; it is much easier and faster than taking a cab.
- Think Before You Eat
Try to consume only boiled or cooked food, even if a dish looks appetizing and healthy. Research on the food when you are travelling to a new destination; most of the time, it would do good to eat dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients. If you are staying longer at a particular place, then buy the groceries and cook your own food as often as you can.
That way, you can eat healthy food, save money and consume less oil. If you indulge in unhealthy meals, then make sure you have them around workout hours. Avoid fried food, eat a lot of fresh and seasonal fruits and make sure the salads are hygienically prepared.
And never skip meals. The ideal eating pattern would be to have five small meals a day, but if that is not feasible, then include fruits and vegetables at mealtimes.
- Take Care of Your Skin
Your skin is the most affected organ when you travel constantly. So while keeping your body hydrated, it is also important to keep your skin hydrated as well.
Moisturize your skin whenever you are traveling to a dry destination.
Wear sunglasses to combat the intense sun and carry a mosquito repellant for the night. Use face wash to remove the dust and grime and use a face cream to massage your face and neck.
- Carry Your Medicine Kit with You
Staying healthy while traveling is not just about eating healthy and keeping up the workout regime. You will have to supplement your diet with the vitamins and minerals if your body entails it.
Pack your medications (for tummy upset, nausea, fever etc.) in a leakproof bag. If there are prescription medicines, then make sure you have the prescriptions with you, and discuss your travel needs with your doctor, if necessary. You can also download some travel apps that provides you with the information about health centers and hospitals nearby where you are staying.
- A Massage like No Other
A pampered body houses a peaceful or happy soul. So get a massage at a good Ayurvedic spa on a regular basis. Not only is it luxuriously relaxing, but it will smoothen out your travel related qualms.
Ayurveda is hailed around the globe as a therapy that promises wellness to your body. It will calm your nerves, lubricate your joints, relaxes & tones your muscles, increase stamina, improve circulation, and the best part of a massage is that you can sleep well at night. A full body oil massage can relieve the doshas in your body, eliminate fatigue and even make your skin smooth and supple.
- Have a Hearty Breakfast
When you are travelling, make sure you get down somewhere to have a hearty breakfast filled with proteins and nutrients. The breakfast is supposed to take you through the entire day, so even if your breakfast is light, you can sail through the entire day without issues.
It is important to have your breakfast on time and this is probably why hotels and resorts have complementary breakfast for their guests. And if you feel hungry between meals, try a granola or a protein bar.
- Wake Up Early and Meditate
It is important to wake up early and meditate every day. The best way to love your family is to love yourself first. So keep aside the first hours of the morning for meditation and yoga.
The ideal time would be at 4:30 in the morning because you have an hour or so before the world stirs. When you do this every morning, it will calm you. This feeling of calmness will stay with you throughout the day, and you will form a spiritual perspective on life.
Staying healthy while traveling is not a challenge anymore. With the right gear in hand, and a mind to workout, you are good to go.
Sunu Phililp is the Inbound Marketing and Creative Head for Paradise Holidays, Cochin – a Kerala based tour operator. She loves reading, exploring new places and trying out different cuisines!