By Hanna Kim - July 11, 2018
Whether it’s for work or play, travel can take a toll on your health. It often involves hours in cramped seating, straying away from our normal food and exercise routines, and bedding our bodies aren’t used to. There are many things we can do to release stress and stay healthy while travelling this summer. Here are some ideas to keep in mind as you step in and out of Denver International Airport or hit the highway for a road trip adventure.
1) You Are What You Eat and Drink
Bring your own meal and snacks, at least for the first leg of your plane trip or road trip. On-the-go options can be limited and unhealthy. Fruits, nuts, nut butter and jelly sandwiches are easy to pack up and bring along.
When you are at your destination, remember to eat a healthy and hearty breakfast to get your metabolism going and fuel you for the rest of the day. You don’t need to count every calorie, but take into consideration that the more vegetables and whole grains you eat, the better.
"Fruits, nuts, nut butter and jelly sandwiches
are easy to pack up and bring along."
If you can help it, avoid fast food as much as possible and try picking up some easily prepared foods like oatmeal or eggs at a grocery store. While you’re there, restock on snacks that will help you resist unhealthier options.
Remember to drink plenty of water, as the summer sun and recirculated air in planes can further dehydrate you. If you’re on a long stretch of a drive, ice water with lemon can help keep you from feeling sluggish from dehydration.
2) Maintain an Exercise Routine
It is important to keep up with some exercise as you travel. One study published by the Journal of Applied Physiology found that two weeks of decreased daily activity levels significantly reduces your cardiovascular fitness, lean muscle mass, and decreases insulin sensitivity, which can lead to insulin resistance if prolonged dramatically.
Like most people, you have probably found yourself going through some extra huffing and puffing when you restart an exercise routine after forgoing one for a while. It can be hard to stick to a regular workout when you’re away from your favorite gym or running trail, but it’s not impossible.
If you can spare a little extra packing space, you can bring small pieces of workout equipment like resistance bands or a jump rope. There are many short equipment-less workout routines you can find online and do in your hotel room or a park. Consider tossing in a tennis or lacrosse ball to work out some of the kinks in your muscles from your workout too.
"It can be hard to stick to a regular workout when
you’re away from your favorite gym or running trail,
but it’s not impossible."
You can use the pleasant weather as an opportunity to walk or bike from place to place. If you have some extra time before your flight, try walking around the airport terminal instead of slumping into a chair as you wait. If you’re driving, be sure to take plenty of rest breaks to stretch out your tight hips and shoulders.
3) Give Your Body Some TLC with a CBD Massage
After a trip where you’re hard at work or perhaps one where you’re hardly working, you may feel achy and stiff. Ease back into your regular life, or get yourself back to shipshape for your next travels with a restorative massage with one of our five-star reviewed massage therapists. You are sure to notice a difference when you give your body the time and space it needs to breathe and relax.
The new RTD train station on 38th and Blake is just a short walk from our RiNo studio and open seven days a week for massage and private yoga. Call today at (720) 360-0035 to book an appointment. You can also drop in on a donation based yoga class at RiNo Yoga Social in the same location!