of us has our own way of maintaining our health and polished appearance
while we travel. With continuous practice and research we develop
short cuts to fitness, proper hygiene and good grooming. From carrying
mini bottles of moisturizer and 'Crazy Glue' to great menu choices
on long distance carriers, here are wellness words of wisdom from
JourneyWomen around the world. If you have a tip you'd like to add,
simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Put the words 'travel wellness' in the subject line. Many thanks
to all our visitors who choose to contribute!
yoga on the road...
been a Yoga devotee for the past six years. I always travel
with my ultra thin travel mat, set the alarm fifteen to twenty
minutes earlier than the day begins for sightseeing and go
through my own yoga routine gleaned from years of practice.
I do this in bare feet on the mat and since it's longer than
I am tall, the carpet bacteria and I don't connect. In this
way, each day begins with unlimited energy and I feel great
about continuing my exercise routine while exploring another
Arlene, Bethesda, USA
your antibacterial soap...
I have three
very simple rules for when I travel. (1) Always wear comfortable
walking shoes. (2) Do not buy food from the street vendors
(always go to an indoors restaurant), and (3) carry a bottle
of hand sanitizer like Purell.
Gio, St. George, Canada
your day with stretches...
are a great health-enhancer -- whether you're on the road
or at home.
You don't even have to be a Yoga buff. Try something as simple
as this. Drop to your hands and knees and begin with a high-bowed
cat back stretch, while breathing out, and then move slowly
to an arched sway-back doggie pose while inhaling slowly.
Repeat until you feel ready for the world. And if you tire
while out sightseeing, find a bench and sit tall and straight,
eyes closed, giving full attention to long, slow breathes.
I find this a great pick-me-up.
where the locals eat...
I'm an Indian
woman. This is my routine for keeping fit on the road in India
or when I travel out of my country:
(1) Eat plenty of fruit, especially ones that you have to
peel the skin in order to eat.
(2) Skip heavy lunches, make do with soup/salad/sandwiches.
(3) Go for an early morning stroll or take sometime off to
do regular exercises.
(4) If you have to eat at restaurants or roadside eateries,
eat where the locals eat, especially the college and office
Uttara, Calcutta, India
Workout on TV...
For me, the
key to staying healthy on the road is a daily workout.
I found out that some hotels offer a pay-per-view TV program
called the Zone Workout. I choose what I'm in the mood for
(cardio stretching, total body workout, core conditioning,
Pilates, or yoga), strip down to my underwear, and spend 20
minutes with an onscreen trainer who guides my brain-dead
self through a routine. There's no need to carry extra equipment
I simply use what's in the room. When I'm done, I hit the
shower and relax. As that British chef guy says, "easy
peazy." I'm hooked and now when I am traveling...I have
to make sure that the Zone Workout is offered before I book
a room there.
Nidia, Texas, USA
much sitting at conferences...
Here's my hint
to fight a condition that I call 'conference sluggishness.'
I try to get a group of people to walk with me in the morning
or for a brisk walk late evening after the daily program.
Not only is this a much needed form of good exercise after
lots of sitting, it is also a lovely way to make new travel
friends. Walkers should always check with the hotel front
desk for advice on safe as well as picturesque walking routes.
Marcia, Louisville, USA
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