Four Top Tips on Staying Healthy While Travelling

Hello Readers!

I am Macey Stewart, a 23-year-old professional cyclist training with the Australian Cycling Team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  I have been travelling and competing overseas since I was 17 years old and have been to over 20 countries around the world, joining the other 10.5 million Australians that travel overseas each year. In this day and age, with travel being so common, I felt it would be helpful to give you my top four tips to staying healthy while jet setting!
I don’t think it’s news to anyone that the most important things to stay healthy are staying active, eating well, drinking water and getting enough sleep. Unfortunately, airports, aeroplanes, busy itineraries or extravagant hotel buffets and bars don’t necessarily accommodate all our health needs when travelling and we have to compromise. 
Whether you’re travelling for work or leisure, try to do something active everyday. Instead of driving or catching public transport, choose to walk or even hire a bike. I’ve recently been on holidays and found myself walking 12 to 15 kilometres a day while shopping, sight seeing or eating out/coffee dating with friends. Some of the coolest places are the ones in hidden streets or down bike trails you would never explore by car.
It’s not always easy, but where possible try choosing healthier options when eating out. I find having a consistent breakfast sets you up for the day even if you’re eating out for lunch and dinner. I found if I had a high-protein breakfast with some carbohydrates (half cup oats with two scoops protein powder, milk, high protein yoghurt and some berries or local fruit is yummy), I wouldn’t feel as hungry or inclined to choose the extravagant sweets or greasy foods throughout the day.
Luckily, staying hydrated is something you can do in whatever circumstances. I suggest taking a drink bottle with you so you don’t have to keep buying plastic bottled water. It is better for the environment and it’s also great for staying hydrated on the plane. So no excuses on that one.
Sleeping is a tricky one, as when you’re travelling, your routine generally slips out the window. My advice is to sleep a much as possible when you can. Our bodies need sleep to function properly - both physically and mentally -  and I can tell you from experience, if you’re not getting enough sleep you won’t enjoy your holiday nearly as much. You’ll also be a lot less productive if you’re travelling for work and not giving your brain a chance to reboot.
Ultimately, it can be hard to maintain your normal level of health whilst travelling. By doing the little things to stay healthy like using hand sanitiser or washing your hands, applying sunscreen if you’re chasing the sun and making healthier food choices you’ll come home in much better shape to handle your holiday withdrawals! 
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