With all of the traveling people are finally able to do after two “pandemic summers,” we have to recognize the toll that hopping from place to place can take on our bodies. It is important to prioritize self-care and wellness even when vacationing, so here are a few natural, simple ways to keep you feeling your best both mentally and physically!
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to give up on nutrition and healthy foods while on vacation! It’s best to have a healthy balance. If you know something doesn’t agree with your body, continue to avoid that food even though you’re switching up your routine by traveling. A fun way to experience different cultures while still eating healthy is buying produce from a local market. Different areas of the world and even the country have different fruits and vegetables, and you can try some unique new recipes while keeping nutrient-rich food in your diet. That’s not to say you shouldn’t try the delicious, indulgent, famous dessert that everyone has been telling you about, but food is fuel and you want to be feeling your best when on vacation.
Loosely planning ahead allows for the best use of your time, and is an awesome way to keep your mental health in check when traveling. For one, it can help you to know your exercise and fitness options, whether those may be within your hotel or a fun outdoor adventure. Additionally, you won’t have to stress about last minute details or be concerned with fitting everything in because you allotted enough time for what you wanted to do. You can genuinely relax and let your brain slow down knowing that you’re set up for a carefree vacation.
Many people who work full-time jobs are sitting when working, and vacation is the time to get moving! Movement positively impacts both mental and physical health, not to mention there is no better way to explore a new place than by foot. Also, by walking from place to place, you’ll soak up more vitamin D, and tuckering out your body will allow for better, deeper sleep. Michele Cannon, XPRO for STRIDE, says walking is also low-impact, meaning likely everyone in your travel-group can do it and get in some good steps.
While staying hydrated is important regardless of where you are, it’s especially important for your health when traveling. Firstly, airplanes have low humidity levels which means flying is dehydrating to your body. On top of that, drinking water increases your energy levels and prevents illnesses. No one wants to feel drained their whole vacation or get sick, and water can aid in both those areas. Especially if you’re traveling to a very different temperature or altitude, water is a great way to regulate your body’s functions.
Meditation has many benefits, both mental and physical, and is a great thing to practice while on vacation. It improves sleep quality, which is essential for a great vacation, especially if you are someone who suffers from insomnia or struggles to fall asleep in new places. Alex Farrar, XPRO for YogaSix says savasana, or corpse pose, is a great way to practice meditation and fully relax the body. It also raises your energy and focus levels, both of which are important when navigating an unknown town or city.