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4 Tips to Keep Your Health in Check While Traveling

When you love to travel, it’s easy to get caught up in where you’re going and planning your travel and itinerary, but you have to keep your health in check. That’s all part of the fun of going on an adventure, whether it’s close to home, like Yosemite, or far away. However, with all that fun, it’s important to be practical about keeping your health in check. There are so many things that can affect our bodies, from long trips to altitude, time changes, and diet changes.

It’s important to keep the following tips in mind while traveling to maintain optimum health so you can get the most out of all your adventures. Keep your health in check! It is so important.

When you’re on a long plane ride or car ride, or just a long trip where you’re going to be sitting a lot, it’s important to move around a little bit. It’s easy to set up a movie or get lost in a book if you’re not driving and sit for longer than you intend. If you’re flying, take advantage of the aisles around you, as long as it’s safe to do so, and walk around every few hours. This will increase blood flow to your feet and legs and help avoid blood clots. If you’re in a car, stop and walk around whenever you fill up, or stop off at a lookout point and stretch out your legs. If you’re stuck in your seat, stretch your body in your seat every few hours just to help with general blood flow. Just this simple tip will help you get through longer trips and not have any health-related issues along the way. Think prevention and keep your health in check.

Sleep and Time Changes

To maintain mental focus while traveling abroad or even close to home, sleep is important just to be able to navigate and get through your itinerary for the day. Having a look at the healthy habits of many successful entrepreneurs, professional poker or chess players, for instance, whose biggest challenge is to maintain sharpness and clarity of mind during many hours, will make you realize that some healthy routine is crucial to keeping you sharp. Because time changes and Jet lag during a trip can be so draining, it’s important to travel with a blindfold, earplugs, and anything else that can help you get a good night’s rest. You can also calculate how much sleep you need when traveling between multiple time zones. Sleep on the plane during a reasonable time for the country or time zone you’re traveling to, so when you wake up you’re on the same time and your body can adjust more quickly. Also, if you’re going somewhere that has longer daylight than you’re used to your blindfold will come in handy to help you get the rest you need. Sleep is essential to keep your health in check.

Diet

Anytime you go somewhere new, one of the best things you look forward to is all the new food you can try. Introducing new food into your diet can cause problems, though. Some food can cause you to run to the toilet or have stomach cramps, and no one has time for those issues while on vacation. When trying something new, try a sample first and see how you like it. You can also take care to avoid overly spicy foods. Stick with restaurants in more populated areas to ensure that you’re eating somewhere safe. When traveling, avoid the junk food trap and pack smarter snacks like nuts and fruit, and be sure to drink plenty of water. Also, make sure you’re careful about what water you drink. Any bottled water that you can buy from a store should be safe to drink. Avoid water from taps unless you know for a fact it won’t make you sick.

Altitude Changes When you travel, you may end up somewhere that is at a higher altitude than you’re used to. You might notice when you walk outside up a hill that you’re getting winded easily. It’s important to take your time adjusting to the new oxygen levels so you don’t wear yourself out so quickly. If you already have breathing difficulties, then make sure you take your time when walking. As with most things, you have to let your body get used to your environment before you push yourself too hard. When you take the time to follow the above tips, you can avoid having your health take a dive while traveling. Just stay health-conscious and remember to slow down and enjoy the adventure you’re on. You don’t have to do everything while you’re in a new location, just take your time to enjoy what you can while you’re there. Remember to eat healthily, get pliantly of sleep, and drink a lot of water. As long as you do those things, your trip should go perfectly.

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Award Winning Travel Journalist and Blogger, writing about Eclectic Travels in the Empty Nest! From scuba to luxury cruises to kayaking to expeditions, Tam is ready to go! Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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