Courtesy Mandy Yeh

Courtesy Mandy Yeh

Besides experiencing new cultures and enjoying different types of foods and entertainment, traveling allows you to become more active than usual. Whether you’re on the road, sailing the seas like Abby Sunderland, roughing it or flying off to a foreign country, here are a few tips to help you stay healthy and happy on your next trip:

Dining Out

When you’re on vacation, chances are you won’t be cooking very often. And if you’re eating at restaurants, unhealthy items are not always obvious. The good news is that you can easily make healthy choices by doing a little research. Visit restaurant websites to check out menus in advance. If you’re unfamiliar with foreign dishes, search online to find out how each dish is prepared and get a sense of its nutritional value. No matter what country you’re in, it’s best to avoid fast food chains and stick with freshly prepared foods. You can read up on healthy snacking after reviewing these easy tips.

Fitting exercising into your travel schedule isn’t as difficult as you may expect. If you’re staying at a hotel, there will most likely be a gym. Before you start your day, hit the treadmill for 20 minutes, followed by some toning. If you’re not into running, you can do interval walking exercises on the treadmill, in which you alternate from 10 minute periods of full intensity walking to a much more moderate pace. For strength training, borrow a Swiss ball and do three reps of eight crunches, while doing arm curls with three to five-pound weights. When traveling by plane, take time to stand up and stretch to improve your blood circulation and alleviate fatigue or jet lag.

Staying Active

Traveling offers plenty of opportunities to stay active and challenge our bodies in different ways. Staying outdoors and exploring nature can help you de-stress and relax. The natural terrain challenges your muscles in different ways. If you’re staying by the beach or resort, enjoy swimming, canoeing, power sailing or water-skiing. Make the effort to do more walking instead of using motorized transportation. Walking can also help you learn more about the city, its people and the culture that you would otherwise miss when driving or commuting via train or bus.