How to stay healthy when travelling
When it comes to health and wellness many of us have formed habits that we can effortlessly do on a daily basis, particularly in the comfort of our own homes/lives. However, how do you stay healthy when routine goes out the window or when you’re unable to cook your own meals? Travelling is often such an exciting time, but that excitement can quickly wear off after a few days of not eating well or moving. Here are a few ways you can prioritise your health and wellbeing while travelling.
Avoid the alcohol/mindless eating on the plane
Eat lightly, stay hydrated and avoid coffee or alcohol if you’re on long-haul flights – as these will only dehydrate you further. It’s particularly easy to fall into a mindless eating trap on plane, as food can become an occupier/an activity. As many of us have been raised to “eat what we’re given” it can be challenging for people to turn down meals. I cannot encourage you enough to simply eat when you are hungry and turn down any other meals you are offered. More often than not you will be offered far more food than is needed.
Eating well is obviously a priority for me, so much so that I will often choose my accommodation (when overseas) based on how close I will be to nourishing food options. If I’m staying in hotels and I need to eat there due to time restrictions I will always make sure I order additional vegetables on the side. Or I opt for accommodation that has a kitchenette/kitchen. While I may not have time to shop and prepare full meals, this allows me to at least have the options to prepare simple meals, such as breakfast.
Walk as much as possible
It’s also important to move when possible, simply walking up and down the aisles when you’re on the plane. While seated flex your ankles regularly and move your legs up and down. When you’re in a walkable city or town, walk to appointments, restaurants, etc. rather than taking a taxi. This is a great way to effortlessly incorporate movement and a great way to see the city.
Incorporate vegetable juices or smoothies
As soon as you land in your new destination, look for a nourishing vegetable juice to start filling your body up with the nutrition it needs. If you can’t find a vegetable juice look for one with fruits that are high in vitamin C, citrus is a great option. In planes we are often exposed to other people’s sickness due to the air-conditioning so as soon as you land opt for something that supports your immune system. It can also be a good idea to travel with a vitamin C supplement to further support the immune response.
Rest when you need to
Just as movement is especially crucial while travelling, so is rest. Travel can be stressful and it can be difficult to find downtime especially when you’re travelling for work. Try scheduling periods of rest into your day, just as you would schedule any other appointment or commitment. That way, when things get busy, you will get a little reminder that it’s time to take a break. It’s important to aim for at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night – just as you would at home. This isn’t always possible with jet lag, but it can make a big difference to how you feel.