5 Tips to Travel Well and Return HealthyJul 24
Ever get back from a road trip or weekend flight and feel less than refreshed? Same. If you overindulged (guilty), that definitely plays a role, but it’s not the only source of post-travel fatigue. Don’t forget that travel is extra work and force on your body, so you’re bound to feel it. However, there are some things you can do to travel well and return feeling healthy.
1 – Hydrate smart. This means drink water, and if plain water bores you, try some vitamin mix-ins like Nuun or EcoDrink for a little flavor. Now, there’s an art to hydrating that’ll keep you from having to pee every 20 minutes, and that is SIP SLOWLY. Try setting a timer and drinking 8-oz of water every 1 – 2 hours. No more, no less and you’ll fill up and use your water gradually. Hydration is your ally to avoiding annoying kill-joys like road fatigue and headaches.
2 – Stop and stretch. Once you get in your driving groove, it’s hard to want to stop until you reach your destination. Do it anyway. Pull over every two hours and get out of the car and stretch, walk around and move for 5 – 10 minutes. You just need to get your heart pumping a bit to keep you from getting drowsy or groggy.
If you’re on the plane, a full workout’s off limits, but it’s OK to walk the aisle and stretch a bit. There are even some seated yoga poses and meditations designed for health at 30,000 feet.
3 – Pack some healthy snacks. Travel treats are fun, and you should absolutely enjoy them. They can be kind of dangerous (bellyaches and regrets) when driving boredom sets in, though. Try offsetting them with some healthy food. Raw, crunchy vegetables and fruits are an excellent way to graze your way to your destination without overindulging. And because they have a lot of fiber they can help you feel full. Plus, you’re probably going somewhere with great food, and you’re going to want to have the right appetite to enjoy it.
4 – Find some quiet. Traveling in a car, bus, plane or train is a sneaky blend of fast and loud. You may not notice it as it’s happening, but your eyes and ears take in so much more information while you’re in motion. Try carving out 10 minutes when you arrive at your destination to decompress in a quiet room. Hotel bathrooms are great if you need a dark, safe pace and poolside at a hotel brings the cool, calming effect of water. If you need to, you can listen to music or a guided meditation. Just try to use this time to check in with your body and senses, so you can really be present.
5 – Slow down. If you’re late, just embrace it. Make the calls you need to make to let people know, but don’t rush yourself through driving or flying. It’s not good for you or anyone else. Rushing makes us more accident prone and forgetful, and you don’t need the extra stress of worrying about being late while you travel. Everyone’s been late a time or two, so just try to enjoy your journey. That is, after all, why you’re out there on the road or in the sky—to break free, see new things and have a little fun.
Travel well, friends, and share your experiences with us. We love hearing about all the places you go and people you meet.