How To Keep Your Health Routine While Traveling The World

Exotic locations, stunning sunsets, the occasional lost luggage… and the ever-looming question: “How on earth do I keep up with my health routine while bouncing from one timezone to another?” This is something that many health enthusiasts struggle with.

Traveling certainly has many benefits and life is too short not to broaden your horizons and see the world. But does that mean that you have to compromise your health routine, only to suffer your way back to routine, or to slip down the slippery slope of unhealthy habits.

In today’s piece, we’ll run through some ideas and insights on maintaining your health routine while abroad. A healthy way of living has nothing to do with where you are in the world, but rather how you approach it. 

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The Jet-Setter’s Guide To Sweating

Let’s start with the obvious: exercise. You might think the only running you’ll do is sprinting to catch a flight, but there’s more to it. And once you land, embrace the local scenery with a jog, a hike, or a swim. It’s like sightseeing, only you’re burning calories instead of cash!

Try to get a decent workout session on your first day, before you get some sleep in. Yes, we know the jet lag is soul sucking, but if you endure this workout, you’ll be feeling like a million bucks once you wake from your first rest. Being on holiday shouldn’t feel like torture, so if you don’t get around to working out every day, make sure that you’re at least getting your heart rate up every second day.

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Another alternative, is to pack your holiday with physical, but fun activities. Think of the workout you’ll get from hiking a scenic mountain. Or taking surfing lessons. This way, you’ll not only return with your fitness intact, but with epic memories too. Here’s a thought: why not join a local exercise class. It’s a great way to meet people and maybe learn a few words in another language. Just make sure ‘pain’ and ‘help’ are on that list.

Eating Right: From Street Food To Fine Dining

Any health enthusiast will know that your diet will probably suffer the most when on holiday. Also, your diet will have the biggest impact on your overall health. Dining out is a highlight of travel, but it can also be a minefield for your diet. Here’s a trick: start with a salad. It’s a global rule – salads are everywhere, just like that one tourist in shorts and flip-flops, regardless of the weather. And when sampling local delicacies, moderation is key.

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Remember, just because it’s deep-fried doesn’t mean it’s a ‘cultural experience’. Having said that, if you’re indulging in the culinary experiences of your destination, then make sure you’re drinking enough water and consider working longer fasting periods during your time away.

Also, don’t hold back on drinking loads of water. Consider drinking a glass of water before every meal; it will help you to not overindulge. One last word of advice, if you’re going to load up on massive calories, at least do it eating something epic and not a McDonalds meal at 3 AM.

Sleep: Your Secret Weapon

Sleep and travel often mix like oil and water. But here’s the deal: sleep is the unpopular health hero. It is easy to compromise quality rest when FOMO is sitting on your shoulder whispering sweet nothings in your ear. Think of sleep as recharging your body’s batteries – and no, not just by napping on a beach lounger. Try to sync with local time as quickly as possible.

And maybe skip that fourth cup of espresso at dinner, tempting as it may be. By prioritizing your rest, you’ll be able to enjoy your time so much more. Now don’t understand this wrong, you can’t be sleeping away your whole holiday, especially not if you’re visiting an idyllic destination, but do make sure that you’re getting your minimum required rest. 

Hydration: Water Is Your Best Friend

Water – it’s not just for houseplants. Staying hydrated keeps your energy up and your mind clear, which is vital when you’re trying to figure out foreign subway maps. Carry a reusable water bottle; it’s like having a trusty sidekick, only less chatty.

It can be tempting to quench your thirst with cocktails and other drinks while on holiday, but it is a trap. Not only will you ironically retain more water and swell a bit, but your organs will be under pressure to manage the stress of being dehydrated, even if it is only partially dehydrated. 

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Stress Less: Keeping Your Cool On The Go

Travel can be stressful, with missed connections and language barriers. The trick is to embrace the chaos. Take a deep breath, and remember, it’s about the journey, not just the Instagram-worthy destinations. And if all else fails, there’s always meditation – or a good old-fashioned panic scream into your pillow. Your choice.

As mentioned before, exercise is vital for overall vitality; however, in this case, it is a very effective stress reliever. Another option is to find peaceful spots in nature and take a moment to relax and unwind. 

Supplements And Medications: Stay On Track

Traveling can be a real headache when it comes to medications, yet if you’re taking medication, remember that you’re taking it for a reason, and you can not neglect your medical needs. Keeping up with these is crucial. For instance, if you’re wondering how to take Mounjaro while on the road, it’s simple: stick to your schedule, store it correctly, and you’re good to go.

If you have prescribed medications, then make sure to travel with scripts. Also, if you’re visiting hot and humid destinations, make sure to store those meds somewhere cool.

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Tech To The Rescue: Apps And Gadgets

Another thing to remember is that your smartphone can be your fitness guru. There are apps for tracking steps, calories, and even finding the nearest healthy food options. It’s like having a personal trainer in your pocket. If you need some inspiration to keep healthy while away, make sure to follow inspirational health pages on social media to keep you hyped.

Embracing Local Activities: Be Adventurous!

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When in Rome, do as the Romans do – or in this case, play what the locals play. Try your hand at beach volleyball in Brazil or tai chi in China. It’s about getting active and immersing yourself in the culture. Combining adventure and activities while traveling is perhaps one of the easiest ways to make sure you’re getting a workout and enjoying yourself. 

Tourist Pro Tip: Explore On Foot

Walking is the ultimate champ of travel fitness. Skip the taxi and explore on foot. You’ll see more, experience more, and it’s cheaper than a gym membership. Walking while on your travels also allows you to see the smaller things in between main attractions. 

Mental Health Matters: Don’t Forget To Breathe

Last but not least, take care of your mental health when you’re abroad. Traveling is incredible, but it can also be very overwhelming. So, take time to relax, reflect, and breathe. Remember, it’s okay to have a lazy day; you’re on vacation, after all!

In conclusion, staying healthy while traveling the world isn’t just possible; it’s a fantastic way to enhance your journey and not return to a health struggle when you come back from vacation. It’s about balance, moderation, and embracing new experiences. So lace up those sneakers, grab a water bottle, and set off on your next adventure – your body and mind will thank you!

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