Healthy habits are often put aside when men and women travel. Whether traveling for professional or personal reasons, even the most ardent proponents of healthy lifestyles may find themselves making less than healthy choices when they're away from home.
Though part of the joy of travel is experiencing other cultures and cuisines, such experiences should not come at the expense of your overall health. Fortunately, there are many ways men and women can travel and still protect their personal health.
* Be sure to get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to a host of consequences, none of which are very good for your overall health. While it might be fun to burn the candle at both ends on a business trip or vacation, such an approach will almost certainly weaken your immune system and leave you susceptible to a host of ailments. Business travelers should keep in mind studies that have shown lack of sleep impairs alertness, concentration and reasoning, which can make it hard to make a good impression on professional colleagues. Lack of sleep also makes it difficult to maintain adequate energy levels, making it difficult for vacationers to make the most of their time away from the office. When traveling, try to get as much sleep as you would if you were home. Adults typically need between seven and eight hours of sleep per night to operate at full capacity, and that rule should not be forgotten just because you're away from home.
* Book a room with a kitchen. Business travelers may find it difficult to enjoy healthy meals on the road. In lieu of dining out each night, travelers can book a room with a kitchen so they can prepare their own meals, which gives them more control over what they're putting in their bodies. Without a kitchen in your room, you're at the mercy of restaurants near your hotel, which may or many not have readily accessible and healthy restaurants nearby.
* Don't abandon your exercise routine. Whether traveling on vacation or for business, you can still exercise even when you are away from home. When booking a hotel, look for one with its own exercise facilities, which you should be eligible to use the moment you check in. If you are traveling for work and your room has already been booked, then you might have to improvise if the hotel has inadequate exercise facilities or no facilities at all. Pack some jogging outfits and bathing suits so you can squeeze in a run or swim some laps while on your trip. Both exercises make for great workouts that can act as your fallback plan should you find yourself in a hotel with no exercise facilities.
* If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Just because you're on the road does not mean you should relax all of your rules regarding diet and exercise. If your current diet and exercise routine is producing great results, try to stick to that routine as much as possible while you're traveling. Many people struggle to find a successful balance of diet and exercise, so if you have managed to find that balance, don't be quick to abandon it just because you're on a business trip or enjoying a vacation. When vacationing, afford yourself some dietary spoils, but keep up your good habits as well, being sure to eat your nightly helping of vegetables or your morning fruit with breakfast. Such an approach will make it easier to maintain your diet when you return home, and might give you the energy you need to have a more enjoyable vacation. The same goes for business travelers who should not abandon healthy eating habits just because they're dining out or ordering room service. The more you can maintain your healthy habits away from home, the more likely you are to embrace those habits when you are back home and away from the temptation of the road.
* Employ the buddy system. The buddy system, in which you and a friend, coworker or family member, resolve to exercise and/or diet together, can be just as effective when traveling as it is at home. Having someone there with you to sweat and make healthy dietary choices when out on the town can make it much easier to adhere to a healthy lifestyle when away from home.