When you are planning a trip to Europe the last thing you want is to be sidelined by health issues. There are a number of things you can do to keep yourself healthy while traveling around Europe. Here are just a few ideas that will help you stay healthy and active during your trip to Europe.
1. Drink Plenty of Water:
With all the excitement and activity of seeing new things, it is easy to get caught up in the activities and forget to drink anything. But water is crucial to you staying hydrated. As a note of caution, drinking carbonated drinks or alcohol can actually dehydrate the body. It is important that you drink at least 3 or 4 sixteen ounce bottles of water per day. You may need more if your day is an especially busy one.
It doesn't have to be a grueling workout, but it is important to maintain a daily exercise regimen. Even if it is just a few minutes in the morning or before bed, it will keep your body in shape and able to keep up with the demands you are putting it through during your trip to Europe. Even a few minutes of yoga or low impact aerobics will help to keep you ready for your daily activities.
3. Moderate your Food Intake:
We all know that there are many places throughout Europe where food is served in huge portions. But it is important that you moderate the amount of food you eat during your vacation. Remember how you feel after a big Thanksgiving dinner? If you have plans for a particular event or activity after you eat, you want to make sure that you are not too full to enjoy it. Another note of caution: Be careful what you eat. There are many foods that if not prepared properly, can literally make you sick. I'm not saying not to eat them, but you want to be mindful of how meals like chicken, fish and other menu items are prepared.
4. Get Plenty of Sleep:
When you are tired and your body is worn down, it is much easier for you to get sick or have other health issues. Being tired can also lead to being careless during your trip and having an accident. It is critical that you make sure you get plenty of rest during your trip. It is easy to get caught up in the atmosphere and neglect sleep, but your body requires a good 7 or 8 hours to keep itself regenerated, especially when you are demanding a lot of activity from it during the day.
5. Be Mindful of Your Body:
If you feel yourself getting fatigued or more tired than normal, that is your body telling you it is time to take a break. Relaxing for a few minutes can keep you from injuring yourself to the point that you are no longer able to continue your trip. Listening to what your body is telling you is important not just for your trip, but for your body's overall health. If you start to feel dizzy or light-headed, sit down and drink some water or eat something light until you feel able to continue. It is easy to push yourself because there is so much to do and so many things to see, but your body has a very distinct way of telling you that something is wrong. It is important that you listen to it. Whether you are experiencing a headache or severe bouts of diarrhea, it is important that you take the appropriate steps to remedy the issues.
A common problem that can occur during your trip to Europe is that you might develop blisters on your feet from all the walking you are doing. If this is the case, make sure you treat the blisters with an ointment or bandages to prevent any infection from making the blisters worse. Depending on the climate and conditions, you may even want to wear a couple of pairs of socks.
These are just some of the things you may want to pay attention to in order to maintain your health during your European trip. The main thing is, be mindful of your body and what it needs so you can enjoy your time in Europe.