With business travel back in full swing and with countless travelers traversing the airports and highways soon for holiday travel, the spread of germs and sickness become almost inevitable. Many people will become exhausted from travel, thereby weakening their immune system and increasing the risk of travel induced illness. Some travelers will tend to not eat as well as they might at home and may also get off track with exercise goals and sleep habits, which can also increase the risk of getting sick. So what can you do to combat illness and make sure you stay healthy during your travels?
Here are some tried and true tips to staying healthy while on the road:
1) Wash Your Hands – Seems simple, right? Yet this elementary tip, when unheeded, can lead to colds and flu every year. Think about this: the average person touches their face 3-5 times every waking minute (anyone seen Contagion?) and while you’re traveling you are also touching everything else. It’s smart traveling to keep those hands clean.
2) Eat Healthy – This one is easier said than done. With the constant barrage of junk food in the airport and on the road you aren’t given many healthy options in between. Also, if you’re short on time, fast food is all too tempting to satisfy those hunger urges in a quick pinch. Problem is, the satisfaction is short lived and your health can truly suffer. Try bringing healthy snacks with you while you’re on the road to eat in between meals so you’re not as tempted to gorge on fast food. When it is finally lunch or dinner time opt for healthier fare, think light and something containing the vitamins your body needs to ward off sickness. Fruits and vegetables are essential. Your health will be all the better for your choices.
3) Get a Good Night’s Rest – Without proper sleep the body can’t get the rest it needs to function properly. This can lead to increased stress and a weakened immune system, which of course can lead to illness. While there are many tips and tricks available on actually getting to sleep, one of the most important rules of getting a restful sleep is simply comfort. While you’re on the road, staying somewhere you can be comfortable at and with amenities to allow you to relax is of the utmost importance. My recommendation? Go to bestwestern.com to find a hotel nearby so you can get the sleep and relaxation you need to keep the body going.
What tips do you have to stay healthy while traveling? Let us know in the comments section below!