The Healthy Traveler: Part II

Kara Bauer Health Guide
  • In Part I, I covered some tips for healthy eating while traveling. I’d now like to touch on the subject of exercise and wellness tips to prevent travel related stress, maintain your fitness routine and avoid any sickness from cropping up while on the road.



    Staying fit while traveling might be one of the biggest challenges to maintaining good health. Once in unfamiliar surroundings, many of us don’t know where to look to find activities we’re accustomed to at home. It’s also quite common to feel a lack of energy for exercise after hours of travel, time changes, navigating new territory, business meetings, lack of routine, etc. However, for the health-committed traveler, there are easy things you can do to stay in shape while away, keeping in mind that if your diet remains healthy, you’ll have a lot more energy to commit to exercise while away from home.

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    The first and most obvious for those who can afford a bit more accommodation services is to find a hotel with a gym, which can be very convenient. For the more budget-minded, you can also research where gyms are located in the area where you’ll be and then find hotels nearby. For those who prefer jogging, biking or other outdoor activities, some preliminary research on parks, bike paths, boardwalks, etc. can help you find a place to stay where you’ll be able to get outside a bit each day. If leaving the hotel for exercise isn’t an option due to a lack of time or nearby services, you can always purchase a workout video to download on your computer and use in your hotel room.


    Immune System Support

    Some form of stress while traveling is quite common. Even if you’re not conscious of experiencing it mentally, it’s more than likely that your body is feeling it. While on planes, you are in an enclosed area and are thus exposed to viruses and bacteria from those around you for many consecutive hours. You may lose sleep or find that when you do sleep, it’s in uncomfortable positions in which you wake frequently. It’s very easy to become dehydrated while traveling and jet lag, which can go on for days or even a week is all too common for international travel. For all of these reasons and more, the immune system gets weakened making it easier to get bacteria and virus related infections than you normally would.


    However, there are some items you can carry with you to support a healthy immune system and resist infections. Vitamin C, zinc, probiotics and natural immune support supplements (I have found that those that contain medicinal mushrooms are particularly effective) can fend off harmful bacteria and help you resist viruses if taken before and during a trip. Another great supplement to have on hand is Grape Seed Extract (GSE), an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to give the immune system a boost, can be just what the body needs to internally fight infections of any kind. Another great item to have on hand is either Hydrogen Peroxide 3% or Colloidal Silver, both of which can be preventative if taken at the first remote sign that something may be developing. Of course eating a good diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, provides antioxidants and prevents cell damage from free radicals and is one of the best ways to keep your immune system strong while traveling.


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    Some Final Wellness Tips

    If you typically are someone who also does yoga or has a meditation or other spiritual practice, it’s great to maintain those while on the road. This will ease stress in the body and keep you healthy and less prone to illness.


    You may also want to carry your own natural soaps, shampoos and cleansers so that you don’t rely on those you find in hotel rooms, which mostly contain a lot of perfumes and other chemicals.


    Above all, as mentioned in Part I, drink loads of water to keep the body hydrated and functioning at optimal levels. And of course, don’t forget to have fun!

Published On: December 06, 2012