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5 Ways to Stay Healthy When Traveling

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5 Ways to Stay Healthy When Traveling

By Dimity McDowell, Experience Life

I don’t care what that old cliché says. Ask anyone who travels on a regular basis and they’ll tell you: Getting there is most definitely not half the fun. At least not if you’re a health-conscious person. Traveling, whether for business or pleasure, can wreak havoc on everything from your meticulous workout routine to your measured-down-to-the-last-carb eating plan. The result is a potential double whammy. Not only do you feel less than your best self while on your trip, you may also find that, upon returning, you’ve lost the motivation and momentum to return to your healthy habits.

While keeping in shape and eating well on the road can be challenging, it’s far from impossible. Particularly if you’ve been more or less on the straight and narrow while at home. “If you’re already exercising, eating right and sleeping decently, you’ll have a solid foundation to stay healthy and deal with the stress you confront when traveling,” says Alisa Cohn, an executive coach in Brookline, Mass. So before you add another mile to your frequent-flier tally, heed the following healthy-travel tips, which take you from pre-takeoff to post-touchdown and everything in between.

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10:27PM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

Good ideas. Thanks for sharing.

7:26AM PDT on May 6, 2011

Noted

8:07AM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

thank you..but I think usually the exercise comes during the day at least when I'm traveling. Usually walking is the main way of going to one place to another..and seeing new things also makes you quite tired in the end of the day.

1:07PM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

Hope this can help me. I love to travel so thanks for the article and I hope it comes in handy.

1:15AM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

Thanks especially for the eating right.

1:51AM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

thanks for the wonderful article.

3:38AM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

Thank you.

3:33PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

A very thoughtful piece with much good advice. Thank you. However there are two points that popped up for me. First, wherever and whenever I board an aircraft I am barred from taking any liquid aboard, so I must dump my water bottle before going through security. Airplane water is the only option. Second: I take exception to advice instructing me to "take along bottled water". Aren't we trying 'get off the bottle'? Single use plastic bottles are a plague to the environment.
Kathryn

6:57AM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

thank you!

4:26AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

thanks

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