It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, and summertime is just around the corner. Perhaps you have a trip or two planned this year. There’s nothing like a vacation to make everything feel new again! Here at T.J. Clark, we want to help you get the most out of your travels. So we came up with some tips to help you stay healthy while traveling. Continue reading to learn how to get the most out of your travels starting right now.
It’s the little things
When it comes to staying healthy while traveling, we have found that the little things can make a big difference. For example, what you eat and drink can have a large impact on how you feel. Exercise is important too. Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you should skip the exercise as well; especially if you want to feel your best. A 20-30 minute walk will help negate the increased stress brought on by traveling. 1 2 While we are on the subject, let’s take a look at some of these little things in greater detail…
Exercise and rest
We all know that traveling is stressful. And anytime there is increased stress, there is also a greater need for stress reduction techniques. First let’s talk about exercise. When we are on the road, we have found light exercise to be the most beneficial. You don’t want to overdo it. For example, yoga and deep breathing are great travel exercises. However, we have also found walking and light jogging to be highly beneficial as well. If you have any doubts about your physical abilities, please consult with your doctor before you begin to exercise.
Rest is also very important when you are traveling. Choose sleep and relaxation over quick fix stimulants if at all possible. It doesn’t take much rest to feel better. Only about 30 minutes of rest is necessary for most people. You may find this strategy helpful in reducing your overall stress levels while increasing your daily endurance. If you’re driving, it’s easy enough to pull over and relax or let someone else drive right?
A healthy diet and supplements
As we have preached over and over again, a healthy diet is very important. However, we cannot overemphasize the importance of healthy eating while you are traveling. Ironically, this is usually the time that most of us eat the worst. We have found that planning meals ahead of time is a great way to help make sure you eat healthy on your next trip. For example, we plan to eat two or three healthy meals and one additional meal each day on our next trip. Go to the store and buy your healthy foods ahead of time so that you have them handy when you get hungry.
So what is an example of a healthy meal? Focus on mineral rich foods such as: fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Raw foods are always a plus. Eat lighter meals consisting of these foods throughout the day as you travel. Then indulge in a larger meal at the end of the day, like meat and potatoes. This strategy can help keep your energy levels up. Limit sugar, caffeine, and other stimulants when traveling as they will add stress to your already stressful day. 3 4
The right blend of supplements can also help you feel great, especially while traveling. Our Legendary Phytogenic Mineral Formula provides a healthy spectrum of trace minerals and elements that may keep your body in balance. Also, our customers have said that our Liquid B Vitamins increase energy levels. Finally, our Immune Barrier Advanced Formula may help keep your immune system strong during the stressful times of traveling. If you are unsure about trying new supplements, please consult with your doctor first.
In the end, focusing on the little things while you travel will make your overall experience much more enjoyable. Try to eat light and healthy, but don’t skip meals. Use good quality supplements if you need them. And be sure to get plenty of rest. But most importantly, make sure you travel safely. Thanks for reading and look forward to another informative newsletter next month.
- Benefits of Walking. Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH, FASEP, EPC. HowStuffWorks.com.
- A Step Ahead of Stress. Maggie Spilner. Yahoo Health.
- Coffee Breaks can make Stress Worse. About.com: Mental Health.
- Morning Coffee Boosts Blood Pressure, Stress Hormones All Day. Science Daily.