Did you know that approximately 60 percent of your body is made of water? It’s true! And drinking enough water helps to maintain the body’s fluid balance, which helps your body function properly.
For example, your digestive system needs water to function properly. If you don't drink water, you don't flush out waste and it collects in your body which can cause a number of problems. Water is also essential for the proper circulation of nutrients in the body, and serves at the body’s transportation system; when you’re dehydrated things just can’t don’t flow as well.
If you plan to enjoy alcoholic beverages, drinking water is even more essential to help you stay hydrated. Try to drink once glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you drink.
Everyone needs sleep—and enough of it. Sleep helps keep your mind and body healthy. Sure, sleep helps you feel better by boosting your mood & getting rid of under-eye circles, but getting adequate sleep is an essential part of staying healthy.
A Carnegie Mellon University study in 2009 found that sleeping for fewer than seven hours a night increased the risk of catching a cold. No one wants to catch a cold on vacation.
If you want to stay up late enjoying your new environment, allow yourself some time to sleep-in later than normal, or catch a nap (or two) during the day. You can’t make the most of your day if you’re running on fumes. And returning home feeling exhausted and rundown kind of takes away from the reason you went on vacation to begin with.
When you travel, do you schedule time to exercise? Whether you’re exploring a new city, relaxing on the beach, or out of town for work, making time to workout can help keep you healthy while you travel. Research shows that regular physical activity can help reduce your risk for several diseases and health conditions and improve your overall quality of life.
Many hotels and cruise lines often offer workout rooms that you can use. Some are better than others. But if a hotel gym workout doesn’t appeal to you, you can also exercise in your room with workout DVDs or portable exercise bands. And remember, walking is a form of exercise-- you can walk just about anywhere for free.
The best thing to do is to plan ahead and get yourself mentally focused on moving your body is some way while you’re away from home.
I'm Kirsten and I LOVE to travel and I LOVE fitness. But I know what it's like to let the excitement of travel throw my off of my health & fitness goals. I'm here to provide tips on how to stay healthy & fit when you travel!