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Drink Up! 3 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling

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February 19, 2013

Whether you are flying home to visit family, getting in a weekend getaway, or driving to a conference for work – travel alters your daily schedule.  It can be hard to keep healthy and stick to your routine while on the road but the following tips and advice can help keep sickness at bay.

H2O It

Remembering to drink water during any day is important.  It is imperative to remember to do it while traveling to help you to stay awake, hydrated and well.  It means less fatigue and jet lag in the long run.  Easy ways keeping up your H2O intake include:

  1. Keep a bottle of water on you at all times.  After going through airport security fill your reusable water bottle or pick up a bottle of the clear stuff (nothing added) and stick it in your carry on to keep nearby.
  2. Stay away from carbonated drinks, caffeinated beverages and salty snacks that seem to be everywhere when you travel. Each one dehydrates your system just like the air on a plane.
  3. Pick up an AquaBag to keep your drinks cold but also keep your personal items close.  It’s like a mini-purse and water holder all in one.

Plan a Routine

Just because you are away from home doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your workout schedule or skip healthy meals. Planning in advance can help you stay on track and keep fit.

  • Before you leave home, find out what your hotel offers in the way of a gym, pool or running trails.
  • Check online to view the area’s non-fast food restaurants.
  • Do not be afraid to ask the front desk staff, concierge, flight attendants and locals good places to walk, run and eat right.
  • If possible, head to a nearby grocery store to stock up on fruit, nuts, natural energy bars, pick up wraps, sandwiches and fresh salads to fill you up.
  • Stay away from sugared drinks and keep your alcoholic drink intake to a two drink maximum.

Rest Up

Part of maintaining your health, no matter where you are ,is to keep your sleep schedule intact. Don’t sleep in, though that is often part of a vacation. Getting enough rest is key to keeping healthy and not getting sick.  Power down early and consider taking a non-groggy sleep aid to help. Don’t forget to add naps to make up for any lost rest you might have missed during the journey.

Just as you pack your passport, presentation, extra pair of shoes and vitamins – it is a good thing to remember the Boy Scout’s motto: “Be Prepared”.  That means packing a toiletry bag with EmergenC or Vitamin C/electrolyte packets, No Jet Lag, pain reliever and nausea medicine just in case.   All of it will assist you in staying on schedule and having more fun, even if it is work-related.

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