6 Tips For Taking Care Of Your Wellness While Traveling Long Term
If you have traveled before you know it means carrying heavy bags, potentially, in and out of cars, trains, and buses as well as lugging them into your hostel or hotel. Strength and endurance will benefit you here as you won’t tire as quickly as your unconditioned traveler. You will more easily be able to pick up, toss around, and possibly even lift your luggage over your head without needing the help of someone else.
You’ll be walking just about everywhere, including up and down stairs in many cases especially if you’re not taking a luxurious trip. Many places will not have elevators and you’ll be working those glute muscles on many a set of stairs – probably some very steep ones too. Get up, and down, every part of town with ease by keeping up with your health and fitness on a regular basis. Your thighs will be thanking you later.
You can do more without getting tired. Not just lugging around bags or walking the streets but high energy activities like swimming, hiking, taking surfing lessons or any other “active” type activity. You might also find that you won’t get as sore in your muscles and joints from the constant pounding of your feet on the ground as well as from more rigorous activities because your body is already conditioned for hard work.
It’s also possible that you will be able to resist more temptations during your trip if you are accustomed to eating healthily in your day to day routine. A big concern for many travelers is weight gain due to wanting to taste test everything a new city has to offer – if you’re not used to eating a lot of high fat, high sugar and high everything foods, you might not have trouble keeping your treat eating to a minimum and reaching for healthier options whenever you can.
Bonus, through a consistent and healthy diet and exercise routine, you will more than likely positively affect your metabolism which means eating a few treats here and there isn’t going to do any harm to your waistline. This doesn’t mean go bananas at the patisserie, but it means you don’t have to limit yourself from indulging here and there. After all, the experience is what it’s all about!
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When you’re a long term traveler it is easy to forget how much work your body is putting in and how hard your body is working just walking a few miles a day visiting a new city. Your feet hurt, your legs hurt, your back hurts but you don’t give it a second thought because travel is “fun”, not work, right? Well, consider the amount of miles your body is enduring day to day, and how much rest you do or don’t take because you don’t want to miss any of the sites. It’s a lot of miles and not a lot of rest time, isn't it?
It's absolutely essential that you take care of your body so that you can continue to travel as much as you are right now, and stay healthy at the same time. Here are my top favorite things to do to get some R&R while living abroad:
1. Remember to take some weekends off, and just enjoy lounging around your apartment or hostel.
2. Get a massage when you're feeling a lot of tension in your muscles. Make use of the low priced massages and spas when you're in countries that offer them for cheap, like Thailand or Laos!
3. Take a bath if you have one to give yourself an at home spa experience. Add some relaxing essential oils like lavender and lemon, or orange to energize you in the morning!
4. Take advantage of low priced manicures and pedicures. In Madrid, you can get a mani/pedi for just 20 euro, and that includes Gel UV nails!
5. Find an outdoor yoga class on Facebook to stretch out your muscles. Some will even be offered for free!
6. Spend the day reading and soaking up some sun in one of the nearby parks.
Your body will be thanking you after doing any one of the above. You'll be able to keep on walking the span of every city and hiking trail, and still feel great while doing it!