Striking a balance and forming healthy habits takes practice and dedication; after all, it’s hard to commit to daily exercise when you feel out of shape, or to modify your dining decisions when you’re used to ordering indulgent dishes. Once you’ve managed to form and commit to a wellness routine that makes you feel good, the last thing you want to do is break it. Though staying the course can be tough at unpredictable times, it can be seriously difficult while traveling. Do the following five things on your next trip to feel great while completely enjoying your getaway.
1. Get enough sleep.
Suffering from a lack of sleep comes with terrible side effects, like headaches and a loss of energy. These things are unpleasant enough on their own, but even when they send you into a downward spiral with sugar or carb cravings that can cause a quick spike in your blood sugar, only to leave you feeling worse than before. To combat the ill effects (which is especially important when you’re traveling), try to wind down without any digital devices at least an hour before you’d like to fall asleep. Block off enough time to get the optimum amount of sleep for your body to function and feel great.
Suffering from jet lag? Try taking a melatonin supplement. It’s natural, gentle, and can work wonders.
2. Stick to some semblance of a routine.
Traveling is definitely the time to veer from your daily grind, but sticking to some sort of a routine can help when it comes to staying on track with your healthy goals. Though you might not eat, sleep or exercise at the same time each day as you do at home, be consistent about when these activities take place.
For example, if you’re accustomed to a mid-morning snack between meals, implement the same pattern while on vacation. If you love to start your day with an hour of exercise each morning, plan to take an early walk or hit the hotel gym before your day of activities begins. Your body will appreciate it!
3. Don’t overdo it.
It’s tempting to go all out when away from home, especially when it comes to eating, drinking, and doing things. However, it’s easy to get burnt out trying to experience everything under the sun at your destination. Whether you’re traveling for work or fun, be cautious about stretching your agenda to the point that it starts to feel exhausting or stressful.
Instead, choose a few meaningful things that you can enjoy each day, along with leisure time you can use to relax and recharge however you’d like to; it’s much easier to stick to a wellness routine when you feel well-rested.
4. Spend time in nature.
The great outdoors have proven themselves to be both a mood booster and a dose of serenity, which are ideal in any setting. If you’re traveling to a remote location, make the most of your time outside, be it in the mountains, by the beach or even in the forest. If you’re visiting a major metro, plan to enjoy a picnic in the park, stop by some gardens, or to simply sit outside on a sunny rooftop. A solid dose of Vitamin D and fresh air will help you feel good so you can stay dedicated to your standard, healthy choices.
5. Stick to (mostly) clean and whole food choices.
One of the best things about travel is the opportunity to experience new tastes and local culinary specialities. Vacation is definitely not the time to turn down an extra glass of wine, slice of cake or flavorful local dish, no matter how it’s cooked! To fully enjoy each indulgence, try to make mostly healthy selections during your stay.
Can you swap out ordinary breads at the breakfast buffet for fruit and eggs to fully enjoy the handmade Italian pizza at dinner? How about picking at veggies instead of the random potato chips offered during an afternoon cocktail to order a delicious dessert later? Too much salt, sugar, carbs and fried food within a short time frame can put you at risk of feeling bloated, tired or sick—especially if you’re not used to it. Choose wisely or stick with tiny tastes each time to keep feeling fantastic.
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