Good health is key to really enjoying your travels.
We’ve all been there – you come back from an enjoyable holiday feeling a bit tired and out of sync with your usual health routine. Holidays are supposed to be refreshing – but neglecting your normal exercise and diet plan can end up leaving you feeling worse. To help you stay healthy on holiday, we’ve gathered six top tips. Check them out:
Do a bit of exercise
You don’t have to get up early every morning – after all, you are on holiday. But devote some time to keeping up your fitness levels. If you’re staying in a hotel, make use of the gym or pool facilities once or twice.
Alternatively, explore the local area by going on a run to the park. Take a skipping rope and burn off some calories. If you’re looking for some workout inspiration, watch The Body Coach’s videos on YouTube. They’re around 15 minutes long – so you can easily fit them in without missing out on any valuable holiday time.
Being healthy is all about achieving balance. Of course you’re going to eat a bit more on holiday. But it doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Do a bit of research and head to local restaurants renowned for fresh food. If you know you’re going out for dinner, do you really need an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch? Probably not. Don’t let greed get the best of you and make informed choices to try out the best local food, rather than filling up on snacks at the poolside.
Think about what you’re drinking
Alcoholic drinks tend to be full of calories. But there are some simple swaps you can make:
Vodka, lime and soda (76 calories)
Barcardi and diet coke (58 calories)
Southern Comfort and lemonade (48 calories)
Bloody Mary (90 calories and one of your five a day)
Half a pint of beer (82 calories)
Malt whiskey (72 calories)
Pack essential medication
If you take medication, there are a few extra considerations when going on holiday. Entering a new time zone could affect your medication timings, for instance. It’s worth giving your GP a quick call to discuss.
For example, Insurancewith’s travelling with diabetes guide explains that it’s not uncommon for blood glucose levels to be disrupted during travel. To make sure you’re well prepared, they suggest carrying twice as much medication as you need and packing spare glucose monitoring equipment in your hand luggage.
Get any necessary injections
Depending on the country you’re travelling to, you might also need some jabs before you travel. The following travel-related diseases are preventable with vaccines by aren’t covered by routine jabs:
Typhoid and paratyphoid fever
Check with your doctor before you travel.
Research local facilities
Take five minutes to locate the nearest pharmacy and A&E facilities. Accidents and illnesses do happen. It’s always best to be prepared with some knowledge of where you can go to get help, and civilizedhealth.com has health guides for travelling and at home.
How do you stay healthy on holiday? Share your recommendations with us.