Get Your Health Back on Track After Traveling

Get Your Health Back on Track After Traveling

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Traveling is exciting, but it can be exhausting and affect your health. You may have indulged too much in the local delicacies and neglected your routine exercise. After you’ve enjoyed the sights and sounds of a new location and experienced the joys of being somewhere new, getting home is only part of the equation. Getting back into healthy habits as soon as possible is important to reset your body and mind. But where do you start?

Here are some ways to get your health back on track after traveling:

Take Time to Recharge

The first thing you should do when returning from a trip is to take time to recharge and readjust. You likely experienced jet lag and culture shock during your trip, so it’s important to give yourself time and space to rest and relax before jumping back into your normal routine. This is especially true if you travel across multiple time zones. Here are ways to do it:

Get Plenty of Sleep

Being in a different place could mean endless exploration and late nights. These may have caused disruptions in your sleep schedule and made it difficult to catch up on rest when you get back home. Make sure you get plenty of sleep by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. If you find it hard to sleep, try creating a calming nighttime routine to help your body ease into sleep, such as taking a hot bath, reading a book, or drinking a relaxing chamomile tea.

Take Long Walks or Go for a Light Jog

One way to recharge your body and mind is to get some fresh air through a walk or light jog. Being exposed to nature and moving your body can help to reset your circadian rhythm and energize you. Start slowly and gradually build up to longer walks or jogs if that feels right.

Make Healthy Eating Choices

When traveling, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy eating habits-after all, why pass up an opportunity for delicious foreign cuisine? However, when you return home, it’s important to focus on eating healthy. Do the following to get your diet back on track:

Get Back to Eating Healthy Foods

Try to focus on nourishing foods, such as whole foods like beans, lentils, nuts, and food full of fiber and minerals such as vegetables and fruits. Fill up your fridge with fresh ingredients and cook meals from scratch. This will help you maintain a balanced diet and reset your digestive system after all the indulging done while traveling.

Monitor Portion Sizes

Now that you’re back from your travels, it’s important to get back to healthy eating. You should incorporate mindful eating into your routine to help you stay on track. Monitor your portion sizes and eat only until you are full, rather than overeating. Also, cook your meals whenever possible to ensure that you know exactly what ingredients are in your food and how much of each ingredient is used.

Stay Hydrated

Traveling can also lead to dehydration, as you may be exposed to different climates and activities requiring more hydration. Ensure you drink plenty of water throughout the day and limit your alcohol or caffeinated drinks while reacclimating at home.

Lose the Extra Weight

If you’ve been away for an extended period and indulged too much while traveling, you may have noticed you gained an extra few pounds. There are safe and effective ways to lose extra weight besides eating healthy. Here are your options:

Hit the Gym

After a long trip, exercise is the best way to get back in shape. You can join a gym where you can get help from a trainer. They can customize a plan that works for your body and goals. From here, you can start with regular cardio and strength training.

Weight Loss Treatments

If you find that your diet and exercise are not enough to help you shed the extra weight, treatments are available. Consider going to a weight loss clinic for professional treatments such as non-invasive body contouring, weight-loss injections, or weight management programs. These treatments are designed to help you lose weight safely and effectively without surgery or downtime.

No matter your method, it’s important to be gentle with yourself and ease back into healthy habits. It may take time, but by following the tips, you can get back on track and regain your energy and vitality after traveling.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).