Staying fit and healthy while you travel the world*
You have bigger fish to fry than thinking about your health and well-being when you travel. You want to meet new people, party, and take in the sights. Still, that doesn’t mean that you can neglect your health for the next 12 months. Just because you are taking time off doesn’t mean your body is going to do the same thing. The thing is that you don’t want to live a rigid lifestyle like you would at home. Fortunately, you don’t have to with these tips. It is possible to stay healthy and enjoy your time abroad.
Go for a walk
The great thing about travelling is that you can get in your daily exercise without going to the gym. All you have to do is walk rather than take the bus. It is easy to jump on public transport when you are abroad, and it is necessary in some cases. For the most part, though, you can walk from A to B without too much hassle. It won’t take you very long, and it will burn off a lot of calories in the process. Plus, with the heat, it will have an even bigger effect on your body.
Drink plenty of water
Because you can walk so much and lose water, you need to take plenty of fluids on board. Mainly, you need to drink a lot of water. At home, your recommended amount is five litres which is 10 pints give or take a few millilitres. Abroad, you need to drink almost double that amount depending on the environment. If it is incredibly hot, you need to drink as much water as you can handle without feeling sick. The water will keep your body going so that you can stay healthier for longer. Without it, you will start to feel the effects pretty soon.
Stay out of the sun
Not only does the sun sap your water reserves, but it also damages your skin. It is amazing how many travellers don’t treat the sun with the respect it deserves. As far as natural forces go, the sun is the most powerful. Just because it isn’t as strong in Britain doesn’t mean that it is weak. On the continent – any continent – the sun is a lot harsher than at home. Within a few hours, it can cause painful burns and sunstroke. Although cream and lotion are two good ideas, you are better off avoiding it altogether. Once it does its damage, it can take ages until you recover properly.
If you do have an accident or need treatment, you should seek it out straight away. The longer that you leave it, the more chance you have of making it worse. At least when you see a doctor you know the issue and how to treat it so that it gets better. If money is an issue, you should invest in insurance before you travel. Alternatively, if that is too expensive, an EU health card will cover most forms of treatment. But, the card only applies to countries in Europe.
Your health and fitness are imperative, even if you are on an extended holiday!