Youíve made a commitment to yourself: Youíre going to make healthy choices. At home, this probably isnít much of a problem. Youíve worked regular workouts, healthier food choices and a more active lifestyle into your daily routine. Youíve even started to see results.
Then you start planning to travel. Whether for business or pleasure, nothing has the potential to wreck a healthy lifestyle like being away from home, out on the road and near new temptations. But it doesnít have to be this way.
Check out the tips below to stay healthy while enjoying your next trip.
Plan It Out
Itís easy to plan how youíll get somewhere and where youíll stay. But often the rest of the trip becomes a spur-of-the-moment splurge. A little planning can go a long way.
Get to know the area youíll be visiting. Sites like Trip Advisor make it easy to find local restaurants and attractions that rate highly according to previous visitors. From there, make a plan for how youíll spend your free time and where youíll eat. Check out restaurant menus and call ahead to find out what healthy options are available that may be off the menu.
Planning is an excellent way to combat the negative effects of travel.
Thereís no better way to understand a culture than to see it for yourself. While bus tours and other sightseeing options are fun and informative, youíll do more for your health if you take in the sights by foot.
Do research and look for walking tours of the city or locale youíll be visiting. If you cannot find any, consider hiring a local to take you around for the day. Staying active, even if itís not in the gym, is still better than sitting. It also allows you to immerse yourself in a new culture.
At home you may have cut back on ó or cut out entirely ó alcoholic drinks. But vacation isnít vacation without a few indulgences.
Many red wines, especially pinot noir, contain high levels of resveratrol, which can also be found in white varieties. Resveratrol contributes to lower cholesterol levels, longer life spans and a lowered risk of blood clots. Because traveling ó especially by plane ó increases the risk of blood clots, this is a noticeable benefit.
Going nonstop is tempting while traveling. Thereís so much you want to see and so little time to see it all. However, thatís not an excuse to be out and about around the clock.
Sleep gives your body time to recover. Itís known to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes and stroke. It also helps fend off common colds that can be picked up so easily while traveling.
Make sure rest is part of your travel plan for your next trip.
Hunger can strike at any time. When youíre in an unfamiliar place, hunger can be especially detrimental, as it can lead to unhealthy snacking on whateverís available or quick. Nothing wrecks a diet faster than unplanned hunger.
To counteract the potential for unhealthy snacking, stock up in advance. Pack healthy snacks in your carry-on to avoid ordering from in-flight menus and bring a few options while youíre out and about on the ground. Nutritional options include: protein bars, bottles of water, low-sodium veggie chips and fruit.
Traveling doesnít have to ruin the strides youíve made toward a healthier you. By planning in advance, you can stay healthy and happy during your next trip.