Traveling is fun, it helps remove boredom from the routine life. Traveling lets you explore new places, it even gives you a chance to meet new people and make new friends.
Traveling can be fun but it even makes you prone to sickness. You are exposed to a new environment, you come across many people, you travel by road, sea or airplane, these things further increases your chance of falling sick.1 Many travelers do not give their body enough sleep, this can also make you sick.2
However, you need not fear sickness as simple practices will keep sickness miles away. Here are 5 ways which will help you stay healthy when traveling:
1. Get Sufficient Sleep
When traveling, you may cross multiple time zones and your body’s circadian rhythm cycle may change. Your body may even be under stress and that can weaken the immune system.3
When traveling you carry the luggage, walk around, cross time zones, and so forth. It becomes all the more necessary to give your body the sleep it needs. The amount of sleep needed will differ from person to person. Just go to bed when you feel exhausted and your body will wake you up when it’s ready to start the exploration again!
2. Go Slow
Most travelers try seeing the entire city in a day. Well, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so avoid seeing the entire place in one day. Extend your itinerary, cover the area in smaller parts. This way you will be able to see the place properly and understand
Walk around, roam the streets and lanes but avoid overdoing anything. Go slow and take a break when your body asks for it.
3. Do Basic Exercises
Traveling is the time when you want to relax and be lazy. But your body needs some warm-up and stretching before you start exploring the place. Well, you need not do miles on a treadmill or lift weights. Basic exercises like walking, jogging, and stretching will help you stay healthy while traveling.
You can try yoga as well, few minutes of yoga will help you fine tune the body, mind, and spirit.
4. Keep Yourself Hydrated
Human body is mostly water, 60% to be precise.4 When you travel, make it a point to drink water frequently because all the
Avoid drinking the tap water as it may be contaminated and harm to your health.5 Always drink bottled water and check its seal before buying them. Carry a bottle of water wherever you go and keep giving your body the liquid it loves the most.
5. Eat Healthy
When traveling your motto should be to eat healthy and travel healthy. Eat more of vegetables and fruits, they are rich in water content and will keep you hydrated.
Avoid meat as they can spoil your health, avoid the meat when traveling.6 Traveling is the time when
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|↑2||Cohen, Sheldon, William J. Doyle, Cuneyt M. Alper, Denise Janicki-Deverts, and Ronald B. Turner. “Sleep habits and susceptibility to the common cold.” Archives of internal medicine 169, no. 1 (2009): 62-67.|
|↑3||Stress Weakens the Immune System. American Psychological Association.|
|↑4||The water in you. U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey.|
|↑5||Villanueva, Cristina M., Manolis Kogevinas, Sylvaine Cordier, Michael R. Templeton, Roel Vermeulen, John R. Nuckols, Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen, and Patrick Levallois. “Assessing exposure and health consequences of chemicals in drinking water: current state of knowledge and research needs.” Environmental Health Perspectives (Online) 122, no. 3 (2014): 213.|
|↑6||Meat Consumption and Cancer Risk. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.|
|↑7||Soft Drinks and Disease. Harvard University.|