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Traveling for Business or Pleasure? Tips for Staying Healthy On the Go

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More and more people are heading to destinations across the globe. Whether for work or play, people are finding it easier than ever to take that flight to Europe or that road trip to the mountains or that train ride to meet with a client.

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                                Traveling for Business or Pleasure? Tips for Staying Healthy On
                                the Go
                                [By Dr. Nancy D. O’Reilly]
                                More and more people are heading to destinations across the globe. Whether for work or play, people are finding it easier than
                                ever to take that flight to Europe or that road trip to the mountains or that train ride to meet with a client.




This on-the-go lifestyle can leave much to              •     During the flight, do some stretches             •    Go to sleep around the same time you
be desired when it comes to health. Often,                    and leg lifts in your seat. Try small                 normally would to avoid disturbing your
traveling means eating greasy food when                       exercises like flexing and extending                  body’s natural sleep patterns. This may
you have time, picking up germs from                          your ankles and doing ankle circles.                  not be possible in every destination, but
fellow travelers, or staying at hotels where                                                                        keeping a schedule that is similar to the
your body hasn’t quite adjusted to the new              •     If your flight is long, be sure to get out            one your body is used to can go a long
location’s temperature, altitude, or time                     of your seat and move around at least                 way toward getting a good night’s rest
zone.                                                         once every hour if possible.                          and enough energy for the next day.

                                                        •     Wash your hands frequently. If you want
There are easy ways to stay fit and healthy,                                                                   Eating “right” when you’re on the go can be a
                                                              to, carry some hand sanitizer in your
even while on the road. By taking some                                                                         challenge, especially with enticing foods and
                                                              bag or bring hand wipes with you.
precautions, you can reduce the strain of                                                                      new cuisines. Here are some tips you can use
traveling on your health.                                                                                      to avoid the fast-food trap and eat balanced
                                                        When you arrive at your destination, head
                                                                                                               meals while traveling:
                                                        to your hotel or resort to unpack and get
You can’t always control the weather delays
                                                        situated. If you’re staying with a family
or airport cancellations, which can add                                                                        •    Keeping a schedule is important when
                                                        member or friend, you can still use some
stress to your trip, but you can take some                                                                          you’re traveling. It helps if you eat at the
                                                        of these tips to be more relaxed in a new
precautions to stay comfortable on the plane:                                                                       times when you would normally eat. For
                                                        setting and, more importantly, get a good
                                                                                                                    instance, in some European countries,
                                                        night’s sleep:
•        Wear comfortable, loose-fitting                                                                            dinner isn’t served until 8:00 or 9:00
         clothing. You may want to bring an extra                                                                   p.m.! This may throw off your appetite,
                                                        •     Select a comfortable pillow — but one
         sweater or small blanket in case the                                                                       and even your sleep patterns, so you
                                                              that is firm enough to keep your head
         plane gets too cold.                                                                                       may want to try to eat at a time that is
                                                              in alignment with your spine. It may
                                                                                                                    normal for you.
                                                              be more comfortable for you to bring a
•        Before your flight, try to burn off any
                                                              pillow from home when you travel.
         nervous energy. Take a 30-minute walk                                                                 •    Start your day off right with a healthy
         around the airport, or if you have time        •     Keep your room as dark as possible                    breakfast. If you don’t think you have
         before you leave the house, take a walk              during bedtime. Use window blinds and                 enough time, make the time! You
         around the block a couple of times.                  shades to block out light so you can be               can order room service or just wake
                                                              ready to get a full night’s rest.                     up earlier than usual. Breakfast is
•        Quench your thirst with water or                                                                           extremely important for keeping one’s
         juice, and avoid alcohol and caffeine.         •     Remove any distracting noises with the                energy up.
         The atmosphere inside airplanes is                   steady sound of a fan or air conditioner.
         very dry, and passengers can easily                  Consider bringing a CD with nature               •    Worried about your weight? What
         become dehydrated. When people are                   sounds such as waves or falling rain.                 matters for weight control is how the
         dehydrated, their blood thickens, which                                                                    total calories you eat all day compare to
         puts them at risk for blood clots.             •     Try to maintain a bedroom temperature                 the total you burn up.
                                                              of 60 to 65 degrees.



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•        For many people, traveling also means       •    If you must eat out, there are healthy    About the Author
         eating high-calorie “junk food” rather           choices available no matter where you
         than fruit or other foods low in calories        go. Even fast-food restaurants like       Dr. Nancy D. O’Reilly is a clinical

         and high in nutrients. Instead of heading        McDonald’s and Burger King offer a        psychologist, researcher, and founder of

         to the local fast-food place for a quick         wide selection of salads. Watch out for   the online resource WomenSpeak.com. A

         meal, pack some nutritious snacks                things that sound healthy but aren’t.     member of the American Psychological

         that travel easily. Peanut butter and            Veggies loaded up with butter and         Association with more than 5 years of

         crackers, fresh fruit, granola, and water        salt or salads that come with high-fat    experience, she counsels clients on topics

         bottles travel well.                             dressings should be avoided.              ranging from mental health and stress to
                                                                                                    relationships and careers. She is the author

•        Watch the amount of alcohol and             No matter what travel plans you have           of You Can’t Scare Me: Women Speak About

         caffeine you consume when you travel.       in the future, it is possible to keep your     Growing Older in a Youth-Oriented Society
         Too much of either substance can affect     diet balanced and your body fit on the go.     and recently began hosting a radio program

         your body in a negative way, including      Using these tips on your next trip will help   on Voice America called Courageous

         your ability to sleep well.                 you reduce the stress of travel while also     WomenSpeak. For more information, visit
                                                     keeping your body as healthy as possible.      her website, www.womenspeak.com, or call
                                                                                                    47-860-5834.




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