Everyone needs a break from the everyday mundane task and stressors of life. People like to spend time with their families or friends vacationing. En route for that perfect vacation spot, most people travel by car. Since people are usually tired and looking for some relaxation, they normally do not plan ways to stay healthy while in the car. Instead people will eat at fast food restaurants and forget to take necessary items from home to maintain their health. The main benefit of fast food is that is it prepared quickly, but fast food contributes to the development of many health problems in adults and children. To stay healthy while traveling in a car, follow these tips.
4 Ways to Stay Healthy When Traveling By Car
It is important to maintain a healthy you, especially while traveling. Although it is tempting to stop and eat at fast food establishments, it can be detrimental to your health in the long run. Fast foods are high in saturated fats and contribute to heart disease. Instead avoid fast foods and opt for healthy snacks like dried nuts, or vegetables.
Packing snack foods in advance will help you avoid the temptation to pull into a fast food restaurants. Nuts, fresh fruits, and vegetables make great snack choices to help curb your hunger attacks. Make sure that you also control the portion size of your foods while traveling, so you can limit your caloric intake.
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and healthy. Pack bottles of water to take with you in your car. Make sure to have a bottle within easy reach while you drive. You body is made up of 80% water, so it is important to stay hydrated to avoid headaches, muscle cramps, and fatigue. Lack of hydration can also lead to reduced concentration as you drive and increase your chances of being involved in an accident.
Water in your stomach can also make you feel full. It is always a good idea to pack herbal teas such as ginger or chamomile in case you suffer an upset stomach or experience motion sickness.
Take Vitamins and Minerals
Maintaining a strong immune system is important to stay healthy. Vitamins C and B and minerals such as iron are important for good health. When traveling, it is possible to come into contact with different bacteria and viruses that you normally would not be exposed to at home. Vitamins and minerals are available in a capsule form, chewable tables, and powder mixes. You can even purchase concentrated oregano oil that you can dilute a few drops into water that helps ward off bacteria. By continuing to take you vitamins and minerals you can keep your immune system strong to help you ward off sickness.
Exercise frequently to stay healthy. As you travel in a car, over time your muscles can begin to get stiff. Make sure to plan frequent stops so you can get out of the car to stretch your legs, neck and shoulder muscles. Complete some basic stretching exercises and walk briskly when you stop at rest areas to prevent stiffness.
In addition to exercise, try to maintain correct body posture when you drive. If you sit up straight in your car, you can help prevent fatigue and stay alert. Don’t forget to pack exercise clothing and shoes so you can exercise at your vacation spot too. Yoga is a good exercise to relax your mind and body to help relieve stress and maintain health.
Remember, just because you travel in a car does not mean that you cannot make healthy choices to maintain your health. By eating properly, staying hydrated, taking vitamins and minerals, and exercising you can stay healthy on your road trips.
By Andrew Handley
I often write about topics of safe and healthy driving. As long distance travel by car can be exhausting on your body, you need to keep these things in mind.
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