World Health Day is celebrated on 7th April every year to spread global health awareness and recognize the importance and value of one’s health. While we know that taking just a day out every year for one’s health is of no use, this day is celebrated to make people realise its significance and the need to keep health in mind all through the year.
It is a common stereotype that people insistent on staying fit and healthy need to exercise all the time and prefer not to travel too much as it messes with their routines. Ironically, however, travelling is often the most exciting and fun way to work out and stay fit. An average human, burns more calories when on a vacation than they would on a regular working day. True, we tend to nullify this by eating twice as much as we would usually, but if we put our minds to it, we can all turn our vacations into a way to stay fit and in shape. A good workout always makes you feel healthier which automatically boosts productivity. Vacations are meant to be a break from mundane life; so take a break from your unhealthy habits as well and come back more refreshed than ever! Here are three easy steps you could take when travelling that will be greatly advantageous to your health and perhaps help you lose a little of that unnecessary weight.
Always opt to walk
Walking is a great way to burn some extra calories, and one always tends to walk more on vacation than one does otherwise. It is a great way to explore a new place, and walking gives you the freedom to go where you wish without too much pre-planning. It is easy to miss small details when whizzing past in your vehicles, put the slow, steady pace of footsteps does not allow you to miss these otherwise unnoticed sights. Choose to walk down the famous tourist streets, or decide to go on an early morning romantic walk with your loved ones and enjoy the fresh air while also keeping yourself fit.
Make sure to walk that extra mile whenever possible. It can be tempting to give in and just take an auto or a cab from the bus stop to your hotel after a long day, but put in that resilience and walk it out. The smallest of things can make the most difference, and this is one of them.
Choose to be as active as possible
When picking activities, opt for the ones that involve most activity. Small things like choosing to go to a zoo or an adventure park can make a huge difference as they involve large amounts of walking and strenuous activity. Additionally, make it a point to always go one at least one trek or a hike every vacation; treks, while tiring, are the most rewarding experiences health wise. They also provide beautiful views and good memories along the way, so they’re an experience definitely worth having.
Other activities like swimming, pedal boating, or perhaps even surfing are great ways to get in that extra exercise. Most activity heavy experiences are also a lot of fun, and can be a great way to bond with your loved ones as well.
While the two above points can be good ways to get in exercise, your diet can prove to be the make or break factor in the healthiness of your vacation. As the saying goes, workouts begin in the kitchen. It is essential to maintain a healthy and nourishing diet in order to gain as much as possible in the course of your vacation. Make sure to get three proper meals a day – never skip breakfast, it is the most important meal of the day. Keep in mind the need to get a balanced diet; eat one item rich in each different nutrition and drink a lot of fluids through the day. Not only will this give you energy, it will also help accentuate the benefits of the exercise you get in through the day.
It is understandable that you wish to try the local cuisines and interesting dishes when visiting a new place, and you should no doubt do that! Do not miss out on anything, just keep in mind that balance is key. Cut down on carbs and gluten, and focus on the fluids. A great way to lose weight is also to drink hot water – which is good for the throat and for your productivity as well! Try and get in that cup of hot water or tea (milk-less) after meals to boost your routine.
Last of all, make sure you get your regular eight hours of sleep every day! It will help you stay energetic through the day and also keep you at your peak.
While all this may seem highly obvious, they are also the most effective ways to stay healthy. Travelling is the one time when you get to do these things in parallel to having fun, so don’t miss out on the opportunity. Take a vacation and return more healthy, relaxed and rejuvenated than ever before with these small changes to your routine! Head out to Sterling today and book your holiday!