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How to Make Traveling a Little Healthier

By Genevieve Cunningham

It's not travel season yet, but those who like to travel in the summer are definitely already thinking about it. They're thinking about where they want to go and how much it's going to cost. They're making plans for activities and transportation. But perhaps what travelers should be thinking about is how to stay healthy. Traveling can be hard on the body, and if you're not careful, it can take its toll on your overall health. If you're considering traveling in the near future, take a look at these tips for making it healthier than ever before.

Get Your Food Planned Out

Food is key to staying healthy. If you don't plan ahead, you'll end up eating too much fast food and too many gas station snacks. Instead, look up healthy restaurants on your path and at your destination. Go ahead and buy gift cards to those places. Do research about easy, healthy snacks to take with you. The more prepared you are, the easier it will be to stick to your plan and avoid those travel binges.

Make a Travel Workout Plan

Working out takes a backseat while traveling, but it doesn't actually have to. You'll just need to revise your exercise plan. Make a plan full of long walks, calisthenics, and hotel room stretching. Your vacation exercise doesn't have to be intense. It just needs to remain consistent. Planning way ahead and knowing what you're going to do for exercise can help you stay in shape while you're gone. 

See the Doctor Before You Go

Before you take off, go see your doctor for a quick checkup. If you have any issues or concerns, the doctor will be able to get you set up with medication or treatment. This keeps you healthier, but it also makes the vacation more enjoyable since you'll be less likely to deal with unexpected pain or illness on your trip. This checkup should start with your general practitioner, but should also extend to physical therapists, chiropractors, and anyone else you see regularly.

Traveling can be so much fun. It's normal to begin looking forward to the fun. But while you're thinking about the fun, go ahead and start thinking about your health, too. With a little planning, you can keep your health intact on your trip for a better travel experience and better health upon return, too.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Monterey Park, Calif.

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