Top health tips for traveling freelancers
As a freelancer, you probably have more flexibility in your schedule than the average person. You create routines that work for you (and your clients), and sometimes, that may include travel. Whether you have clients across the globe or just like to work like a digital nomad, travel is often a big part of the freelance journey.
Unfortunately, traveling can make it difficult to stay on top of routines that keep you healthy. We put together some tips and reminders to help you stay in tip top shape no matter where you're headed.
Get that sleep in! — Traveling can really take it out of a person, which is why sleep is super important when traveling. Not only does your body need time to recuperate, but your mind does, too. This is especially true if you’re traveling out of your time zone. Between catching your flight, dragging luggage all over, and doing a bunch of walking, your body takes a bit of a hit. Getting good sleep can ensure that you stay healthy and alert on the road.
Step it up — Walking is a great way to get your blood pumping while traveling. Whether you’re on the go for business or pleasure, moving your feet can be a great way to get familiar with your surroundings while being a little heart healthy. If the weather permits, opt to walk to that coffee shop — or the train station — rather than taking a taxi or metro.
Sweat it out — Walking is a great way to get some exercise in while on the road, but if you really want to take it up a notch, have a traveling exercise routine. Most hotels offer a fitness center, but if yours doesn’t, consider grabbing a day or temporary pass at the local gym. As a last resort, there are even basic things you can do in the comfort of your own hotel room (pushups, anyone?) Create an exercise routine that works for you while you’re on-the-go. Not only can this help you stick to a schedule and burn some calories while you’re traveling, but it can improve the quality of your sleep, too!
Make healthy choices — It can be tempting to grab for the unhealthy stuff when traveling. Those enjoying vacation may want to indulge a little more on sweets or alcohol. Those traveling for business may find themselves reaching for less-healthy options simply out of convenience. Both can be bad for calorie intake, sleep quality, and more. You don’t have to cut all the goodies out of your trip, but be mindful about what you put into your body. Moderate where possible and opt for healthier options (like salad over a burger) when you can.
Prevent spread of germs — Hand sanitizer can be a handy way to keep your hands clean no matter where you are. You may be on-the-go without access to soap and water when you come into contact with things that dirty your hands. You can grab a mini hand sanitizer bottle from the grocery or dollar store and hook it onto your work bag or backpack for maximum convenience. That way, you don’t have to stress about the cleanliness of your hands after shaking hands, touching the escalator railing or opening doors. Wet napkins or pre-moistened towelettes are another thing to keep on hand. These can be great for before and after meals or even to wipe down surfaces. Both items can prevent germs from spreading, which can aid in keeping you from getting sick while traveling.
Cover up — If you’re traveling somewhere sunny, be sure to use sunscreen, especially if you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors. Protecting your skin from UV rays is super important, so choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 15. If you’re planning on swimming or sweating, you may want to consider a waterproof brand of sunscreen. In any event, be sure to reapply every few hours to keep your skin protected.
Talk to your doc — It can be helpful to talk to your doctor before going on any trips for several reasons. For starters, if you’re going somewhere exotic, certain vaccines may be required. It can also be helpful to create a “stay healthy game plan” before you embark on your journey. Your doctor can suggest vitamins to take as well as any other tips to stay healthy away from home. Thanks to modern medicine, most people can also reach their doctor by phone, text or email. This can come in handy if you start feeling under the weather while on the road.
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