No matter what travel plans you made, becoming sick or being physically unable to travel is never good.
Whether it is the fatigue of jet lag, a physically demanding hike or climb, or the general wear and tear of traveling, you need to keep your body strong while you are on the move if you want to travel as well as possible.
Check out these tips that will help keep you healthy and happy while you are traveling!
1) Set Your Schedule on the First Day
It is important to set a “sleep and wake” schedule for yourself while traveling, especially if you are crossing over any time zones. A lot of people enjoy relaxing while they are traveling and avoid an alarm clock or bedtime, but this can be a costly mistake. Jet lag or other forms of travel fatigue can quickly damage your immune system and leave you susceptible to illness or physical fatigue.
If you have a lot of plans for sight-seeing or other activities while you are traveling, you cannot risk losing your physical energy. Setting an approximate bedtime and a firm wake-up time is a great way to keep your internal biorhythm on schedule and keep you rested even with a lot of activities.
2) Remain Hydrated
One of the big issues that a lot of people have while traveling is forgetting to drink enough water or eating and drinking too many dehydrating products. A lot of people rely on caffeine from coffee or energy drinks to power through their days while traveling, and then relax at night with a beer or other alcoholic beverage at night. Unfortunately, this is an unhealthy and dangerous combination.
Staying hydrated supports your immune system and entire body while you are traveling. If you are going to drink a lot of caffeine or alcohol during your travel, make sure that you are drinking more than enough water to make up the difference!
3) Choose Natural Energy Drinks
As I mentioned before, many people rely on heavily-caffeinated drinks such as coffee or pre-workout drinks to push through their travel plans. The side-effect of drinking heavily-caffeinated beverages is that your body will wear down and crash sooner, rather than later. Instead of pounding coffee or Red Bull all day, choose a natural energy provider for drinking instead.
According to professional model Anna Targoniy (who has experience working and traveling throughout the world), choosing natural energy drinks with lower caffeine such as beetroot juice or green tea can provide longer-lasting energy and numerous other health benefits.
There are many options for lower-stimulant energy drinks, and they are very helpful while you are traveling!
4) Try Intermittent Fasting and Fasted Cardio
Intermittent fasting is a growing fad in the diet world, but it does have legitimate benefits. Intermittent fasting calls for a 16-hour daily fast, while you are allowed to consume food and drinks during the other 8-hours.
One of the benefits of intermittent fasting is that your body goes through a process known as cell autophagy while fasting, which is the process where your body cleans dead cells from within. As you can imagine, this is especially important while you are traveling. Many people eat and drink more than they should while traveling. Coupled with the fact you are probably less-active than normal while you are traveling, means that your body will become heavy and lethargic over time.
Intermittent fasting is an excellent way to keep your body fresh no matter how long you are on the move! Fasted cardio is a widely debated subject, but it does have many potential benefits. TO perform “fasted cardio” you simply need to perform low-intensity cardio while in a fasted state. If you are traveling, starting your morning with a 45-minute fasted walk is an incredible way to keep your body fresh, healthy, and ready for adventure!
Concluding Thoughts | Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling
When you are adventuring somewhere new in life, the last situation that you want to happen is that your body is sick or tired and you cannot explore as much as you want. However, this type of situation does happen more often than you can imagine.
To defend your body (and your travel plans) use the tips listed above and follow basic health and wellness rules while you are on the move!