Summer is almost here, which for many people, means upcoming travel plans! For those who have been making progress on their wellness journey and sticking to their healthy routine, these travel plans may seem a little overwhelming. It is true that traveling and being on vacation can make it difficult to stay healthy, but luckily, the travel industry is changing! According to Tara Cruz, the spa director at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, it will be easier than ever for travelers to incorporate wellness into their vacation this year.
Making Health Conscious Decisions While Traveling
- Follow A Balanced Diet: Try to avoid going overboard on sugary and fatty foods on your vacation, as they will likely leaving you feeling lethargic and unable to fully enjoy your trip! Stick to eating local fruits, vegetables, seafood, lean meats, and whole grains as much as possible. Many restaurants and hotels offer a wellness section or a “Under 600 Calorie,” section. Browse that section first when looking for your lunch or dinner order.
- Moderation Is Key: You are on vacation after all, so don’t completely deprive yourself! You will definitely want to indulge in local specialities, such as gelato in Italy or deep-dish pizza in Chicago. If you are at a “foodie” destination like these, consider splitting meals or desserts with friends, family, or co-workers. This will still allow you to try some popular dishes, but will keep your portion sizes smaller.
- Hydrate: This is especially true if you are flying. Drink plenty of water before and during your flight, and request a low sodium meal if possible. When out exploring, always bring a water bottle with you and order a water with your meals instead of sugary beverages. Staying hydrated will not only help fight fatigue, but it can also help fight unhealthy cravings.
- Exercise: Throughout the day, be mindful of your activity levels. If possible, walk through the town instead of taking a taxi or take the stairs instead the elevator at your hotel. Look up activities in the area and plan something active such as hiking, biking, or going kayaking. You can also start your mornings with a quick jog or lift weights at the hotel gym. This will boost your energy levels so you can enjoy the rest of your day!
- Have A Spa Day: Many hotels have free spa services for guests, such as a sauna, steam room, or hot tub. These offer a great way to relax your mind and rejuvenate after a travel day. “Many spas today even have specific services which are meant to help combat jet lag and help you get a better rest,” Crus explains.
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