Travel - Stay on top of your health

Travel - Stay on top of your health

Travelling is an integral part of the way we live our lives today. Even two hundred years ago, only the brave or privileged travelled regularly. Today, all of us travel, at least some of the time. So how can you maintain a healthy lifestyle even when travelling?

Obviously, it starts with the desire to do so. If we check out as soon as we leave our home, telling ourselves I am travelling and there is nothing that can be done, nothing will be done. So believe that you can.

I plan ahead. If you were travelling to Delhi by road, wouldn't you think about where you would stay, how often you would stop, and maybe what you would see? Why wouldn't you do the same with your lifestyle? I know where I will eat and even what. I plan in advance to avoid decision fatigue at a moment of hunger. More often than not, I end up doing fine.

Second, I know where and how I would falter. Snacks while meeting someone Sweets that are on offer. They drive your sodium and sugar levels nuts, and a few hours later you are super hungry. I avoid them like the plague, especially when travelling.

Third, I carry food. Used to be that I would be embarrassed to carry food. It might smell. What will my travelling companion think? I lost all shame once I realised just how bad the food was at airports and on the flight. So if a flight overlaps with meal time, I will carry food.

Forth, I never take early morning or late night flights, unless it is an emergency. There is something about these flights that affects my entire circadian rhythm, causing me fatigue and poor sleep. It is a small price to pay for good health.

Finally, I plan my exercise. If the hotel has some facilities, I will use them, even if it is for twenty minutes. If not, I will walk to the airport or outside the hotel. There you go. You can eat well, sleep well and exercise no matter how often you travel.