Maintaining Energy While Vacationing

One of the things we all love about travel is that it is a world away from our normal routine; of course, one thing we all dislike about travel is that is a world away from our normal routine. What do we mean by this? As adults, we know what works for us – when we should wake up, eat, workout, etc. However, when on vacation, we deviate from our sleep schedules and overindulge in food and alcohol. The result is that we often find ourselves flat our exhausted. Here are some do’s and don’ts of traveling to help fight fatigue and keep you feeling bright eyed as you take advantage of your journey day after day.

Do drink plenty of water.  If you are flying, changes in air pressure can dehydrate you, and can cause headaches and fatigue.  If you are planning to spend a good deal of time on your feet or being physically active, especially in warmer, more humid temperatures, staying hydrated is essential.  Carry a reusable water bottle with you that you can refill throughout the day so you don’t forget to sip as you go.

Don’t overeat sugar.  Refined, processed sugar, which is found in candy, soda, ice cream, and many pastries, causes spikes in glucose levels.  This will give you an immediate energy boost, but your blood sugar levels will drop shortly after, causing you to “crash.”  This feeling is experienced as extreme fatigue.

Do munch on nuts, protein, and produce.  Rather than eating refined carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, or sweets, try munching on trail mix.  Nuts are more nutrient dense, with healthy fats and protein that will leave you feeling full while providing nourishment – without the crash later.  Try snacks like veggies and hummus, or a leafy green salad with legumes, or sushi.

Don’t skip snacks. With the excitement of rushing from one museum to the next, grabbing the occasional bite may become an afterthought. Plus, on top of the hearty restaurant servings you’ll undoubtedly be having, you may think it is wise to stick to two sizeable meals. However, before you know it, you have a headache and you are extremely cranky because you forgot to eat.  To maintain an optimal energy level, keep your body fueled throughout your trip. It’s best to carry a little something on you at all times, especially if you unexpectedly find yourself hungry and without any immediate restaurants around.

Do get enough sleep.  With a crazy schedule, it may be difficult to get an adequate amount of shut-eye.  This will surely interfere with your energy, mood, and the overall quality of your trip.

Don’t pick fashion over function. If you plan on doing a lot of walking, be sure to wear the appropriate shoes. You’ll most likely be spending a lot more time on your feet while sightseeing than when you’re going about your average workday, so invest in footwear with reliable treading, breathable fabrics and interior cushioning. Discrete orthotic inserts can give extra support and reduce the amount of experienced foot fatigue. If you don’t, blisters and aching feet and legs can negatively influence your overall mood and physical energy.

Do workout. Exercising will boost the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body, including muscles. Furthermore, it has been proven to release stress and nurture deeper sleep.

Don’t complain.  Negativity is draining on you and the people around you.  Make an honest effort to get grateful and to maintain a positive attitude.  Keeping things light, rather than dark, is much more energizing.

Do treat yourself.  This tip applies especially to those traveling for business.  All work and no play can be exhausting.  Something as simple as a piece of chocolate could be just the pick-me-up that your need to carry on.

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