Five Essential Tips for Healthy Travel This Holiday Season

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Are you traveling over the holidays? Whether you’re traveling within your state or out of the country, be sure to use these five important tips to help you stay healthy on your journey.

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Be Supportive of Your Gut Health

Do you love to travel, but dread getting some sort of bug or flu? While you can’t have a rock-solid guarantee that you won’t catch a nasty intestinal bug, you can take steps to balance the bacteria in your gut.

Some people rely on a probiotic supplement for additional support. It can be very beneficial during times when they are experiencing chronic stress, poor nutrition, illness, general aging, or an unpredictable environment.

While you’re at home, it’s easy to support your intestinal health with fermented dairy foods such as yogurt or kefir. Additionally, you can select non-dairy foods like miso, sauerkraut, and tempeh.

However, when you want to travel, you may decide to get more support from a multi strain probiotic. The great thing about a supplement is it doesn’t require a kitchen or a refrigerator.

You can grab the supplement and keep it with you, without needing to rely on a probiotic food source. This cannot only give you peace of mind and a happy tummy, but also a sense of confidence that you’re getting the purest form of probiotics.

Be Proactive About Your Mental Health

Whether you’re staying home or traveling, it’s important to maintain your mental health.

Some sense of normalcy is returning to the domestic and international traveler. Yet, even with new travel policies, it’s useful to have a personal plan in place.

You want to be sure that you are feeling calm, prepared, and ready to travel. If you’re traveling solo, you may want to have a support plan in place. Talk with your close friends and family, so you feel confident you can rely on them if you need to talk.

If your family is not your go-to source, set up an agreement with your therapist, coach, or counselor. A little planning will make you feel more at ease with stepping out of your daily routine.

Be Active While Traveling

Nothing beats the power of activity and exercise to keep up your spirits and restore a sense of health. If you’re looking forward to a long flight, make sure you’ve got ideas and tricks to stay active.

Set a timer and get up to move around the cabin every twenty to thirty minutes. Practice moving your wrists, ankles, elbows, knees, and shoulders in rotations to stay flexible. This will help you stay limber during your flight.

Use your creativity to stay active during the flight, too, such as walking the aisles, doing neck rolls, and stretching in the galley. The reward is that you’ll feel refreshed and relaxed when you arrive at your destination.

Once you get off the plane and to your hotel, switch to your workout gear. Go for a walk, jog, or run to get your feet on the ground. This can help you adjust your body clock to local time and minimize jet lag. If your hotel offers a pool, take a plunge.

If you’ve got access to a gym, make use of the treadmill, weights, or mats for a good stretch. Should you find yourself without a pool or gym, create a workout area in your room. Use your space to practice simple stretches, yoga moves, or Pilates.

Be Committed to Drinking Water

Drinking water can be one of the smartest ways to stay healthy and happy while traveling during the holidays. Water keeps you feeling fresh and ready for action, so be sure to bring a bottle of water with you while you’re traveling.

If possible, pick one made of glass or stainless steel. If you forgot, pick one up at the airport or train station. Once you’ve got your water in hand, keep drinking. Use your bathroom breaks as an excuse to get up and stretch your legs.

It may seem like a big commitment at first, but you will support your intestinal health, your muscles, and your mood. Furthermore, by staying hydrated, you’ll also be less tempted to fill up on sugary drinks and sodas.

Be Conscious of Healthy Nutrition

Traveling during the holidays can wreak havoc on your nutrition. Wise travelers bring healthy snacks to have as emergency stashes. Pick a nutrition bar, bag of nuts, or piece of fresh fruit to take in case you get hungry while traveling.

If you have a choice at an airport, pick foods that you can recognize as fresh, such as salads or pre-chopped vegetables. Fresh produce like apples, oranges, and bananas are usually available even in remote locations.

That way, you’ll get to your destination feeling happy, healthy, and ready to go. And above all, be sure to have a great trip and enjoy all your holiday travels — no matter where they take you!

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