Yes, we all know that travel is amazing! Going to far-off places gives us new experiences that may reignite our passion for life. As we pass through challenges in our adult lives, we may be feeling stressed and burned out at work. In these times, a short trip in nature might give you a boost in productivity and creativity in the workplace. Immersing in new surroundings is also a way to broaden your horizons.
Travel may be useful for our well-being. However, suppose we are always on the go. In that case, it may create negative repercussions to our health. a study once said that living a ‘hypermobile’ lifestyle suffer high levels of stress as their body may adjust to sudden changes in daylight saving hours or jet lags. Traveling long-term may also result in loneliness as one may spend extended periods away from their loved ones. As one may not get sufficient rest staying in different places, they may suffer long-term health problems later on in life.
Despite the negative consequences that travel may bring to our health, we still like to travel, live a full life and explore the wonders the world can offer. You can travel and live healthy at the same time!
Get enough rest.
We may experience sleep deprivation while traveling. One may feel a hard time sleeping in an uncomfortable vehicle. Crossing time zones, carrying heavy luggage, and walking all day may release more stress hormones to our body, and at the end of the day, we may have a hard time relaxing. Listen to your body and give it the rest that it deserves.
If you are crossing a different time zone, consider preparing your body for it by adjusting your bedtime an hour earlier than usual. No matter how tired you are, try to get only a few hours of sleep. Instead, go with the local flow so that your body will adjust to its new rhythm and feel tired and sleepy in your current time zone. You may also want to take melatonin to induce sleep, even when your schedule gets unconventional.
Slow down your pace.
Take a look at your itinerary. Is it fully-booked? In preparing for your activities, consider spending some downtime to relax in a cozy cafe or just staying in bed to get that much-needed rest after a long flight. A more relaxed and slow-paced itinerary will also allow you to know the place more and appreciate things that you won’t usually see when you are in a hurry to reach your next destination. Take time to roam around the streets and explore the neighborhood. However, never hesitate to stop and take plenty of rest when your body needs it.
Don’t forget to exercise.
Your exercise routines should not stop when you travel to other places. Experts advised that you must stretch at least 5-10 minutes each day to prepare your body for another day of adventures. Stretching your arms, legs, neck, shoulders, and back may also reduce muscle soreness and other injuries later on.
Some people bring their yoga mat and do their favorite yoga stretches in a cozy spot in their hotels. Taking advantage of the hotel gym is also an option. Just make sure the equipment is safe for your usual full-body workout. Jogging around the neighborhood would also be a good idea as long as the place is safe from cars and suspicious pedestrians.
Take your vitamins and other prescription drugs.
Being in a new environment should be enough reason to take care of yourself more. Making your body feel at home is the best thing you can do as it adjusts to new conditions. Keep your body healthy by taking the vitamins and food supplements that you regularly take. If you have prescription drugs, buy a sufficient amount of them that can last through your entire travel period. Do you want to make sure your body is functioning well? Do advanced research for existing clinics in the area. Choose destinations that have competent doctors working in medical research clinics and facilities that offer state-of-the-art health facilities.
Eat the right kind of food.
Not all food that you may see during your travels is right for your health. Some travelers even complain of stomach cramps and food poisoning for eating bad, local food. Be cautious in your food. Eat lots of veggies and consider healthier options in your new location. You may also want to cut the meat and choose less oily food.
At times, we may feel the urge to throw caution to the wind while traveling. However, think of the negative repercussions you may believe after practicing unhealthy habits in your new location. Live the moment but also put your well-being above anything else. Remember, when we take proper care of ourselves, we are increasing our chances of enjoying life more and exploring other fantastic areas in the future.