Being healthy is not a chore or a hobby, it is what it is – a way of living, a lifestyle. It’s purposely making healthy choices until they become the only option for you. You can’t put your life on hold, you can’t press pause and revert back to your old bad habits, even if that means going the extra mile and making an effort while you’re on vacation.
Luckily, there is nothing too complicated about implementing the same tactics you use at home and maintaining a healthy lifestyle while you’re traveling abroad, and we’ll prove it to you.
Find a way to exercise each day
Depending on the length of your vacation, you’ll probably want to keep being active, just like you were at home. If you’re a hardened gym rat, we’re here to tell you not to worry too much – a week or two off will not make your muscles disappear. It may even do you good to rest and recover a bit. If, however, you plan on staying longer, then we would suggest finding a gym near the place you’re staying.
But for those health fanatics that aren’t so fond of spending their vacation in a sweaty torture chamber, there are plenty of outdoor activities that you can partake in to stay healthy. You can rent a bike, swim, or go for a jog every morning (jogging on a beach, or even through water is great cardio), if you are somewhere in nature, go for a hike. Make it essential that you move your body as much as possible.
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Drink enough water
With all the activities you’ll be doing, it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated, and we don’t mean only while you’re exercising. You have to drink enough fluids throughout the whole day, especially if you spend most of your time at the beach. The sun is both exhausting and it dehydrates you, so your muscles will not be able to recover from working out if you forget to drink water.
Pools and beaches are particularly deceiving, since you spend most time in water, and may not notice that you’re dehydrated. A large bottle of water is something you must have at all times while on vacation, and drink about a cup every hour or so. That way you avoid the risk of overheating and dehydration.
Pay attention to what you’re eating
Now comes the tough part. I don’t think that anyone can say no to a continental all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. To be honest, you don’t have to. Just make sure that you’re making healthy choices most of the time, and let yourself indulge in a treat or two a day. Luckily for you, most travel locations offer a wide range of healthy local dishes, usually made from scratch.
The main thing is that you eat enough protein and vegetables, and keep the sugar to a minimum. However, you are on holiday after all, so indulging in delicacies is a nice way to make the most of your vacation and it is an experience you don’t want to miss.
Take extra precaution if you have an existing condition
When we think about staying healthy, we usually think in terms of staying fit, eating clean and keeping our mental health in check. If these things are the first to pop in your mind, then you are one lucky guy/girl. But maybe you are a bit less fortunate, someone who first thinks about their dialysis.
Everyone deserves a relaxing vacation. There are websites that offer you the chance to book your holiday dialysis online in over 50 countries. That way you won’t have to stress about finding an adequate clinic yourself, and you’ll be free to relax and de-stress.
Don’t compromise on your sleep
Partying while you’re traveling abroad sounds like a great time, but you won’t be having a great time once you wake up, hungover and too tired to go anywhere. In fact, the combination of alcohol, lack of sleep and heat is the leading cause for trips to the ER among tourists. There is nothing healthy about that.
Of course, once the sun has set and the heat has waned most of us feel like going out and experiencing the local nightlife, but don’t overdo it. Plan your activities carefully if you want a perfect vacation trip. Go to bed at a reasonable hour and go easy on the alcohol, you’ll thank us in the morning.
If you make an effort to stay healthy during your trips and vacations, you’ll not only feel much more well-rested, but you’ll also feel good about yourself for sticking to your goals.
Eat healthy and good-quality food, move as much as possible (while wearing enough SPF) and always make choices that will benefit your overall well-being and make you feel happy.
Written by Mike Johnston