How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle While Traveling

How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle While Traveling

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A reader writes, “How can I maintain a healthful lifestyle while traveling for business or pleasure?”

This is a good question because it shows recognition that maintaining a healthful way of life is more easily accomplished when we are at home in an established routine. Because travel places us in a high-risk situation for continuing our healthful lifestyles, we need to recognize, identify, and practice a new set of skills in what is often a less regimented or more busily structured environment, as is the case with vacationing or business traveling.

What to Do?

Think about the health goals you want to maintain while traveling. Examples may be weight maintenance, cardiovascular conditioning, strength training routine maintenance, or simply active rest and relaxation.

Action Steps:

  1. Seven days prior, write one and no more than two health goals you want to maintain while traveling. Keep in visible area. Read daily to reinforce mentally.
  2. Five days prior, visualize what your days will look like while traveling and envision accomplishing written health goals in travel destination.
  3. Four days prior, mentally strategize any barriers that may occur in preventing you from accomplishing health goals while traveling.
  4. Three days prior, write down possible goal barriers, as well as alternative strategies you will implement if barriers arise.
  5. Two days prior, pack what is necessary to accomplish health goals. Such items may include appropriate clothing for activity and projected weather, telephone numbers of fitness centers/spas; restaurant and grocery store locations as well as telephone numbers. Include other pertinent details that organize your time efficiently while traveling.
  6. One day prior, mentally rehearse accomplishing health goals and overcoming all barriers that may arise. See yourself adjusting to new strategies in travel setting.
  7. Day of travel, place written health goals and barrier strategies in visible area at destination. Read daily for awareness.
  8. While traveling, use positive self-talk as tool to gain control of negative and defeatist attitudes.
  9. Daily, remind yourself you are practicing skills that may be easy to implement at home, but a little more challenging while on vacation or business. Reward yourself for making good choices.
  10. Daily, take solace in the fact that implementation of good healthful habits becomes easy, and by changing old neurological pathways now, better positions you for a high quality life as you progress through the ages.

Perspectives in Accomplishing Health Goals:

Stay Organized and Thoughtful.

We tend to think that others are more disciplined in integrating healthy behaviors, but in reality, they are just more organized and thoughtful. Have a plan and tell yourself that you are in training for a new skill. As you improve at organizing yourself and projecting possible barriers, the newly learned skills will come naturally, and keeping healthy while you travel will become a habit that is simple and part of an integrated healthy lifestyle that is envied by all!

Stay Focused.

It is easy to rationalize unhealthful behaviors while traveling, especially while on vacation. Recognize this type of thought process as destructive, and replace those thoughts …

Lack of Medical and Dental Care Can Hurt Your Business

Lack of Medical and Dental Care Can Hurt Your Business

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I have heard people theorize that the reason men tend to die at a younger age than women is because they do not take care of their health. Many men have told me that they do not go to a doctor or dentist unless they are sick or have a horrible toothache.

Because of this, the physicians and dentists do not have an opportunity to do proper assessments or teach preventative measures that will lead to an ongoing healthy condition.

A lack of medical and dental care can hurt your business in a number of ways:

1. You feel poorly longer than necessary – Have you ever had a cold that goes on and on and on. Your head feels full and it is not only difficult to concentrate but also to keep going because you ache all over. Sometimes a problem tooth can leave you hurting or you have eye strain because you need a new prescription lens in your glasses.

It is not always wise to try to persevere. In fact, sometimes you leave an untreated condition so long that it worsens and actually takes longer to recover. When you are ill, you and your business suffer. You are not able to work with the same efficiency and stamina as when you were at full potential.

2. You might miss out on early detection – Often people wait until they are seriously ill before seeing a medical professional. They think that if they just wait long enough, they will get over the problem.

We live in a wonderful world where there are so many tests and procedures that can assess and identify illnesses that can be treated in the very early stages of their development. The longer you wait, however, the more chance you have of allowing the condition to worsen.

3. You might not know about good self-care practices – I remember what life was like before we had simple techniques such as flossing. I know that my mother would have preferred to practice this rather than be subjected to the painful dental surgery she experienced because of gum disease.

Research is constantly uncovering and developing new strategies for self-care. Your medical and dental team will help you to learn about them.

If a solo professional is ill, the business cannot operate. You, as a solo professional, are the business.

It is therefore extremely important that you take care of yourself so that you do not risk your own health or the health. Have regular checkups will assist you to protect your health and detect any problems so that they can be treated in the early stages. That way you will be well on your way to being a healthy person with a healthy business.…