By Reliv Product Marketing Specialist Tina Van Horn
Many of you are getting excited about your spring travel plans, but here at Reliv we want to make sure you have a plan for staying healthy while you travel. We’ve all been there. You plan a relaxing vacation, but when you return home your souvenirs include digestive issues, icky infections or viruses and maybe even some extra pounds. The good news is that with a little bit of preparation you can avoid these common health hazards typically associated with travel.
Regardless of whether you are flying, driving or using any other mode of transportation, check out menus online for dining options near your destination. This will help you avoid the temptations of the sights and smells once you sit down to order. Identify places you want to try that may have fresh, local fare that is typically far healthier than the standard chain-restaurant choices.
If it’s available, look at the nutrition information for enticing foods. You don’t have to analyze every macro and micronutrient, but you will make better choices if you have a general idea whether your salad is 500 calories or even 2500 calories! Yes, salads can be bigger calorie bombs than many entree options! And don’t be afraid to make special requests, such as sauces and dressings on the side or substitute fresh vegetables for French fries.
Many of us have a tendency to get dehydrated when we travel, especially if you are flying. Typically we don’t drink enough because we don’t want to make pit stops or use the airplane lavatory. But dehydration not only contributes to some of the gastric upsets that are common to travelers, but it also zaps your energy and can cause irritability. Headaches and muscle cramps are some other common symptoms.
And don’t be tempted by sodas, sugary beverages and cocktails. The easiest strategy is to carry a water bottle with you everywhere and refill it often. Even at the airport, you can carry an empty water bottle with you through security and then fill it from a drinking fountain at the gate.
It’s also a good idea to pack some snacks and small meals, just in case you get delayed or the available options are limited to vending machines or fast food. Some travel-friendly items include nuts, dried fruit, low-sugar nutrition bars, fresh veggies and even your Fit3 products. They're portable, simple and convenient to take with you. Purify is a must-have for any trip because it's a metabolic supporter, probiotic and liver cleanse in one. It's a great way to keep your body in peak performance even when you travel.
If you happen to get stuck in the airport on a long layover or delay, all of the major airports now have a really great variety of healthy options… if you can get past the smell of Cinnabon, which has about 900 calories for the average cinnamon roll. Remember that tip about looking up nutrition content? Is that cinnamon roll worth 900 calories and the sugar coma that is going to drag you down for the next few hours?
If you have a road trip coming up, you have a little more freedom to pack your own food, so use that to your advantage. Baby carrots and other raw veggies are great because they are relatively low-calorie, loaded with fiber and help keep you hydrated. Not only are these relatively healthy suggestions, but they may also help combat boredom as you pass the miles.
Even convenience stores now stock a surprising selection of healthy choices like yogurt, nuts, fresh fruit and veggies. You just have to get past the mile-long candy display.
During a layover, get up and move around the terminal for some exercise and check out all of the food options. You will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of healthy foods that are available, like fresh fruit, hummus cups, deli-style salads and sandwiches. Some in-flight magazines even include simple exercises you can do from your seat like leg lifts to keep you from getting too stiff. Of course if you’re on a road trip, take stretching breaks each time you stop to refuel.
With Fit3, everything you need is accessible online. Take 30-45 minutes to get in an online Fit3 workout and keep up with your fitness buddies through the Fit3 community to help motivate you during your trip.
Travel can certainly take its toll on your immune system, so make sure to schedule some down time into your itinerary. Naps and vacation just go together!
Have some tips of your own for staying healthy during your travels? Share it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.