Out for a hike near Bluff, Utah.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Bluff, Utah.

Where are they going next? North towards Wyoming.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Staying Healthy and Strong on Long Trips

While you likely aren’t heading out on a long trip right at this moment, it doesn’t mean you can’t start planning ahead and prepare for when things do get back to normal and travel is once again possible. While long trips can be lots of fun, giving yourself extra time to really explore and get to know the destination at the same time can be tough on your body. The last thing you want to be dealing with is getting sick while on vacation, or suffering from aches and pains that prevent you from doing all the touring and exploring you had planned on.

With that in mind, there are simple tips and bits of advice that you can follow that will help you to stay healthy and strong even on a long trip. So, let’s take a closer look.

Opt for Quality Hotel Chains 

While it may be tempting to book into those budget accommodations on your long-stay holiday, it's important to keep in mind that with a budget property, there are sacrifices. Often these sacrifices come in the form of fewer amenities available and lower quality amenities.

The bed is a great example, as you're not likely to find a top of the line mattress in a budget motel. While that may be okay for one night, multiple nights will take a toll on your body and leave you feeling stiff and uncomfortable and probably lacking in sleep.

A supportive and high-quality mattress can help fall asleep faster, especially if it’s one that caters to your particular sleep position. So, even though something as simple as the quality of the mattress may not seem like a big deal, over a long period of time it makes a huge difference.

Keep Up with a Healthy Diet

Here's a tip that is much easier said than done - everyone knows it's important to eat a healthy well-balanced diet, but when on vacation, it's just so tempting to indulge in items you don't usually get. It’s part of the experience obviously, but it’s best to indulge within reason. Sure, go ahead and treat yourself once a day, but then focus on eating food that is rich in vitamins, nutrients, and minerals for the rest of the day.

Eating a healthy well-balanced diet will help your body to fight off any potential bugs, it will allow you to feel more energized, and even help to improve your mood.

Another tip is to make sure you’re staying hydrated, drinking enough water each and every day.

Ensure You’re Wearing the Proper Footwear

If you plan on doing a lot of touring and exploring on foot, then you also want to be sure you pack comfortable and supportive shoes. Typically, athletic shoes/sneakers are the best options. Supportive shoes will ensure your arches are in the proper position, your feet stay cool and comfortable for longer periods of time, you have cushioning on the soles, and you’ve got fewer chances of rolling an ankle or tripping thanks to heels or flip flops flopping around.

Get Your Exercise in Even When Away

Finally, you want to be sure that you're staying active no matter what style of vacation you are on. Staying active doesn't mean you have to look for a gym to work out in; rather it means you should get moving for at least 30 consecutive minutes per day. That could include walking, biking, swimming, surfing, hiking, kayaking, or any other type of activity.

Making the Most of Your Vacation

By staying healthy and strong on holidays, you will, in fact, be ensuring that you can make the most out of your time away.