Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Healthy Travel Tips

As Turkey Day and the holiday season fast approaches, many of us are gearing up to hit the road and the friendly skies to visit friends and family or get away on a vacation.

For a lot of people, traveling is already a stressful and uncomfortable necessity and the last thing they need is more anxiety or to get sick! So below, we have outlined several tips for travelers to stay healthy while driving, riding and flying to their destinations.

1. Stay hydrated. Drinking water keeps your system "flushed" and working smoothly and also gives you energy.
2. Eat right. Try bringing nutritious snacks for your trip like fruit, veggies, crackers or trail mix. Also, refrain from eating heavy meals as they can make you lethargic and uncomfortable.
3. Exercise! Travelers should get up and move around every hour or two. Try walking up and down the aisles of an airplane, or walk around the rest area when driving. Movement can decrease sluggishness, muscle stiffness and even digestive problems.
4. Prevent stressful situations.To ease the mental strain of holiday travel, remember to plan ahead as much as possible. Pack well in advance, leave for the airport earlier than usual, plan for unexpected delays or problems and make back-up plans in case of emergencies.

These are just a few ideas for easing the stress and discomfort of holiday travel. Feeling fatigued, sick or stressed out can ruin the excitement of that special trip for the whole family. If you have any questions about this blog or our healthy travel tips, please feel free to contact Empire Health and Wellness Center at 518-690-4406 or visit our website at

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