In this industry we’re on the go a lot. In any given month we take trains, planes, buses, subways, boats, bicycles, vans, shuttles, cars, monorails, people movers, tuk-tuks and just about anything (including live animals) that will move us from point A to where we must be.
We’re always moving around, whether on a global basis or within our own cities. And one thing remains constant no matter where we go — germs are everywhere and can easily hitch a ride in our suitcases or on our bodies, wreaking havoc on our systems as we go.
Germs don’t discriminate, no sir. As we’ve recently been reminded, even in the poshest hotels and luxurious cruise ships, bed bugs can thrive and mysterious bacteria can grab hold. Ewww.
Before you lock the front door, surrender your passport and vow never to leave the house again, let’s look at five simple ways you can stay healthy on the go.
- Take your vitamins. And make sure to keep taking them while on the road. Some people even double up in the days preceding a big trip just so their immune systems can get a boost. Don’t skip them. They’re lightweight and easy to pack.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. We hear it all the time. You don’t have to be a medical student to know that water flushes the system. Grab a bottle (better yet, a refillable bottle) at every opportunity. Adult beverages don’t count.
- Stretch. Any exercise coach will tell you the importance of a good body stretch. Ask any cramped passenger what s/he wants most when s/he escapes that 18 inches of personal air space. The answer, likely, is “to stretch!” Straighten your stiff back. Roll your neck. Extend your arms. Gently bend over. Breathe. Breathe some more. Do this with intention every day and your body will thank you. Following this practice might even allow you to stop complaining about uncomfortable hotel beds or terrible chairs in meeting rooms.
- Eat at least a few healthy things every day. This isn’t as hard as you may think. You know you’ll eat and drink more of the bad stuff when you travel, so make sure you intentionally add a piece of fruit, some nuts or veggies, or a protein drink daily on the road.
- Be aware of symptoms and act accordingly. No one wants to be seated next to the sneezers or wheezers who don’t carry tissues or wear a disposable mask if they must travel while sick. Pack a few “what ifs” and use them as needed. This includes hand sanitizer. Use it liberally. Please!
What do you do to stay healthy while on the road? Please share in the comment space below.