Healthy Tips for Regular Travelers
Diet, Exercise and Sleep Still Matter When Traveling
Five-star hotels, traveling around the globe and racking up airline points may sound glamorous, but if you constantly travel for work, you know there is another side to the story. Traveling can impact you in many ways, including physiologically, psychologically, emotionally and even socially. One study found that people who travel frequently for work are less likely to eat well and exercise, and they feel more isolated from their friends and families.
To help travelers feel a little more at home, hotels and airlines are offering numerous options that range from farm-sourced food and healthy dining venues to eco-friendly environments that promote wellness and improve your mood.
Healthy Airport Eats
Healthier dining options, such as salad bars, gluten-free menus and restaurants featuring fresh ingredients and made-to-order entrees are growing in popularity. At Chicago’s Midway Airport, for example, a $75 million renovation project is underway, giving a facelift to its concession area and replacing many of its old stand-bys with new, more upscale food service. These healthy hacks will help you avoid grabbing a donut as you run through the airport terminal.
Health in Flight
Many people experience some form of discomfort or sickness when they travel by plane. To feel your best when you’re in the air, try these 10 tips for plane travel.
Once you’ve checked in to your home away from home, you might want to do a quick scan for bedbugs. These nasty critters feed on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. Keep in mind that the cleanliness of your hotel doesn’t necessarily determine whether or not there will be a bed bug infestation. Everyone reacts differently to bed bugs, from minor itching to a serious allergic reaction, but if you suspect an infestation, report it to the property manager.
More and more hotel chains are catering to guests’ pursuit of wellness by offering tai chi, meditation and yoga classes, in-room training sessions, aromatherapy and sleep consultations as standard amenities. Hotels are also enhancing guests’ experiences by offering hypoallergenic rooms, better lighting and sustainable hotel designs.
Traveling on a regular basis doesn’t have to wreak havoc on your diet, sleep and exercise routine, especially when you follow these simple health considerations.
source: Northwestern University – Northwestern Medicine