Often it feels easier to stay fit and healthy when you’re at home. You’re in a familiar environment and you have an eating and exercise routine. That’s relatively easy, but what about when you’re travelling and your regular routine is broken?
It will take more of a conscious effort to eat well and get some exercise while on the move and in a new place, but it can (and should) be done for the sake of a healthy heart and general physical wellbeing. This post will cover some tips to keep in mind while you’re away.
Don’t Forget To Exercise
We all know exercise is good for us both physically and mentally, but when away from home it may present a challenge. If you’re used to hitting the gym every day, that might be harder to do if you’re on holiday or venturing on a business trip.
There is one form of exercise that you can do wherever you are though, and that’s walking or going for a jog. No other gear is required except for some clothes and shoes. You don’t need to live a sedentary life while away. You might even discover the hotel you’re staying in has a gym you can use.
Even if you just exercise a little while you’re away from home, it’s still better than nothing. It’s great for the heart, brain, muscles and bones.
Reduce Stress and Just Relax
Travelling can be stressful, particularly between destinations. There is commuting to and from airports, waiting around in terminals, going through security and customs, and trying to find your way around a new location.
Even holidays can be stressful experiences in some ways. Stress is not good for your health, and certainly not good for your heart. Alarmingly 91% of adult Australians feel stress in a minimum of one vital space of their lives. Also, 50% feel terribly stressed regarding one part of their life while 75% of adults reported experiencing moderate to high levels of stress in the USA.
Once again, exercise can be a fantastic way to relieve stress. If you’re commuting, take some deep breaths and calm yourself down. Maybe you can even try some meditation while on the plane? Reading also helps.
You Need Health Insurance When You Travel
Living or travelling within Australia, it’s wise to have health insurance to cover you. It can be even more important when travelling overseas. Some countries offer reciprocal health care agreements, but if you’re travelling to third world countries or remote regions, decent healthcare just may not be an option.
At any rate, talk to your health insurance provider about your options and benefits when travelling overseas, and be sure to discuss with them specifically what will be available in the country you plan to travel to.
Heart disease kills one Australian every 12 minutes, so it’s important to look after your health in every way possible when at home or travelling abroad.
Kick Those Bad Habits
Sometimes we can let ourselves go a bit when on holiday. It’s all a part of letting our hair down. This might include excessive drinking, smoking tobacco products, or possibly even indulging in substances more illicit.
None of these habits is doing your health any favours, even if it’s just temporary. Sure, you want to have fun while you’re away, but you don’t want to return to Australia needing rehab or to recover from an endless hangover or nicotine addiction.
Even consuming too many foods and beverages loaded with sugar is a bad habit best avoided.
Keep Your Diet In Mind When Travelling
It’s easy to neglect to eat properly when travelling. Once again this comes down to a new routine and changes in what’s readily available. While you may be tempted to overindulge in all these new culinary delights, it’s also important to maintain a balanced and healthy diet as much as possible, combined with that all-important exercise.
At the very least, try and replace unhealthy snacks between meals with something healthy like fruit or nuts, and drink water or freshly squeezed juices instead of soft drinks.
Remember To Get Some Sleep
Some people return from travelling and say they need a holiday to recover from their holiday. Often we’re so busy when travelling, and we try to squeeze so much into the experience, that we neglect sleep and simply don’t get enough rest.
You’ll actually enjoy your journey more if you get enough rest along the way, with improved energy levels, motor skills, memory, alertness and cardiovascular health. Enough sleep will help keep you healthy while abroad.