With the weather changing and the holidays right around the corner, just the thought of getting sick while traveling can be a nightmare.
Thankfully, there are several things you can do to stay healthy while on the road.
Don’t Just Sit Back and Enjoy the Ride
When heading to a destination by plane, train, bus or automobile, sitting back and enjoying the ride can be surprisingly dangerous.
Anyone traveling for more than four hours can run the risk of developing a blood clot in a vein. If a blood clot forms, it can cause localized swelling and pain.
Worse, it can break free and wreck potentially fatal havoc on the body.
Fortunately, preventing blood clots is as simple as moving around.
If walking is impossible, move your legs by flexing your calf muscles and pointing your toes in various directions.
When on the road, it can be tempting to let good nutrition slide and rely on sugar and caffeine for quick energy.
Unfortunately, this does not provide the body with adequate fuel and can set you up for a crash.
Instead, let healthy choices dominate your diet.
Carrying nutritious treats like almonds can help avoid hunger pangs between meals.
Eating good food from clean, reputable restaurants will help avoid food poisoning. In addition, if traveling in an area where water quality is an issue, stick with bottled water even while brushing your teeth.
Don’t Skimp on Sleep
When travelling, you generally have a lot to accomplish and a limited amount of time to get it done, so it’s easy to make the mistake of forgoing sleep.
Insufficient sleep can leave you irritable and less alert, which can make an accident or injury more likely.
It can also compromise the immune system, so allowing enough time to rest is vital to staying healthy while traveling.
Incorporate Exercise Into the Itinerary
How can you fit fitness into your trip?
Walking between attractions and on tours is definitely an effective way to get some daily exercise.
When a busy schedule doesn’t allow you to stroll around and enjoy some sightseeing, hitting the hotel gym is smart.
Alternately, you can bring exercise bands or jump ropes and work out in the privacy of your room.
Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, feeling less than 100% can ruin your trip.
Using these four simple tips, you can help protect your health and make your time on the road more enjoyable.