Although travelling expands the mind and offers opportunities to explore a different world, long sleepless nights caused by moving between various time zones along with many "just one more" samplings of delicious treat-yourself desserts can adversely impact on your health and well-being. Stay in shape, travel, and come home without any guilty feelings by following these recommendations:
One Healthy Habit
Many individuals see health and fitness as a binary: either you eat healthily and exercise every day, or you do not. This mentality, however, often results in a new year's style resolution that never actually comes to fruition because it seems like a herculean task, or because as soon as you fail to check off one of the fitness checkboxes you have designed for yourself, then the whole venture is a wash. Therefore, start with one simple, easily maintainable healthy habit, whether that be drinking the proper amount of water, walking at least 10,000 steps a day, taking a daily dose of vitamins, or something else, and build up from there.
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When in Doubt, be Active
Choose to be active. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Rent a bicycle and tour around your destination. Walk instead of taking the local transit system. If you like running, go for a run in the evening or an after-dinner stroll. Regardless of where you are, choose activities that give you the opportunity to stretch your legs and get your heart pumping, even if it is for a short time. Not only will movement in some form help you maintain your fitness, but it will also allow you to see local sights and experience a place from on-the-ground.
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Carry healthy snacks with you, eat when you are hungry and avoid sugary desserts that might be tempting, but will not help you nutritionally. If you are worried about finding healthy, tasty, snacks, visit a local grocery store and find food that works for you. Do not feel obligated to snack throughout the day or eat small meals at different points, just listen to your stomach's signals and follow your instincts.
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Carry a Water Bottle
The most important item to bring with you when travelling is a water bottle. Fill it up at different points in the day and use the bottle to keep track of how much water you are drinking and stay hydrated. Hydration helps avoid headaches, dehydration, and even breakouts. Maintain clear skin and feel better when you drink water throughout the day.
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Boost your immune system, balance your hormones, reduce blood sugar levels and maintain a healthy weight by getting the proper amount of sleep each night. Along with the health benefits, you will feel more rested and ready to immerse yourself in the culture of your travel destination. If you have trouble falling asleep, restrict your exposure to electronic screens which give your brain signals to stay awake and figure out a bedtime routine that helps your body prepare for bed regardless of time zone differences.
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Remember to enjoy the travel experience and give yourself a cheat day every once in a while. Moderation is crucial, and on a hot day, gelato, ice cream or another local delicacy are all excellent choices. Live to the fullest, appreciate good food, walk more, and remember to take care of yourself.
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