5 tips for staying healthy while traveling during the holiday hustle


by Baylor Scott & White Health

Nov 20, 2023

The holiday season is here, which means that many of us will be traveling to see our loved ones. But being away during this time doesn't have to mean putting pause on our healthy routines. In fact, it’s vital to keep up with your well-being during the busy season so you can feel your best while celebrating with your friends and family.

If you’re hitting the road (or skies) over the next few weeks, discover five tips for staying healthy during the holiday hustle.

1. Prioritize your health when traveling

Getting home during the holiday season can feel like a whirlwind, particularly if you’re traveling on an airplane, bus or train, but prioritizing your health doesn't have to take a back seat. Make mindful choices while on the move. Stay hydrated by sipping water regularly and pack your own nutrient-rich snacks like fruits, nuts and granola bars to keep your energy levels up. To keep any pesky germs away, don't forget to pack hand sanitizer. And if you’re in one of the groups that’s especially vulnerable to COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that you consider wearing a mask, even though they are no longer required.

If you’re flying, take advantage of any opportunity to stretch your legs and move around, whether it's a stroll down the aisle or a quick standing stretch. You’ll feel less achy and tired when you arrive at your destination.

2. Nourish your body

Sticking to your normal healthy routine during the holidays can be difficult—especially if you’re eating with family and friends rather than cooking for yourself. Try to nourish your body with fruits and vegetables when available and remember to drink lots of water throughout your travels.

Ultimately, the holidays are about joy, being together and making memories. Allow yourself some grace if you eat more sweets than usual or can’t make your superfood smoothie every morning—enjoying the time with your loved ones is more important.

3. Move your body on the move

Traveling for the holidays doesn’t mean you need to sit still. Your exercise routine on the go may not look exactly the same as the one you practice at home, but moving your body each day is a good way to keep your physical and mental health in shape.

Embrace the opportunity to explore your surroundings, be it a new city or the familiar streets of your hometown. You can make daily movement a family activity and involve everyone you’re celebrating with. Why not start a new tradition of a post-turkey trot or find a yoga class online for everyone to try in your backyard? Make movement fun and inclusive.

4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Holiday parties and family reunions often mean celebrating with a fun cocktail or a glass of wine. Staying hydrated not only makes you feel better the next day, but also supports your overall well-being while away from home. Moderation and drinking a glass of water throughout the night will let you enjoy the festivities without the headache.

5. Find moments for mindfulness

The holidays can be a whirlwind of activity, but don't forget to carve out moments of quiet for yourself. Whether it's a few minutes of deep breathing, a mindful stroll outside or a short meditation practice, these small pauses can have a big impact on your day and sense of mental well-being.

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