NORWALK, Conn., Jan. 12 Just because you are traveling oron holiday doesn't mean you have to throw out all of your good health habits.In fact, it is an easier time to be healthy.
Many Americans take to the highways and skyways for some sort of trip eachyear -- be it business or pleasure, and they often fall prey to the "ease" offast food drive-thrus and prepackaged snacks, or extravagant and excessivemeals just because, "I'm on vacation."
"On your next trip away from home, take the opportunity to be picky andturn your travels into a time where you actually feel great in your body andhave the energy to do things that you want and need to do," said actress andauthor Mariel Hemingway. "Make treats actual treats and indulge in moderationand you will find you enjoy them even more.
"Staying healthy while you travel is your choice. Make your next getawayenjoyable for the body, mind and spirit."
"Practicing good health habits at home will make it easier to translatethose same habits to your next vacation," said John Sessler, vice president ofTravelers Advantage and TravelersAdvantage.com. "But even if you're not on thegood-health wagon, it's easier than you think to get started when you travel."
The experts at Travelers Advantage and I offer some of the following tipsto help you stay healthier -- and happier -- on your next trip:
-- Avoid eating "fast and easy" food -- That little sack of peanuts mayseem harmless, but in reality is packed with sugars and carbohydrates. Whileyou can't bring your own beverages from home on a plane, you can bring yourown food. Pack a healthy snack at home (try raw nuts, fruit or a veggiesandwich) and avoid the burger and fries at the airport food court for yourtrip. If you're on the road, avoid the chip aisle and look for a freshlyprepared sandwich, fruit cup or nuts without loads of extra salt and sugar.
-- Bring your workout gear -- Regardless of if it's for work or pleasure,you shouldn't have to abandon your workout routine when you're on the road.Today, most hotels have some sort of workout room. You don't have to do yourfull-circuit training, but fit in 30 to 45 minutes of exercise a day. Not onlywill you have more energy, but that inevitable treat that's outside your usualdiet will not make you feel as guilty. Even if you don't have access to aworkout area, try doing sit-ups, push-ups, squats or lunges in your own room,or take a walk around the area you're staying. Traveling on foot is by far oneof the best ways to get to see a new place so take advantage of theopportunity.
-- Be proactive about your health -- Get plenty of rest when you're on theroad regardless if you're traveling for work or play. This will allow yourbody to recharge and keep your front-line defenses in top shape. Frequentlywash your hands, especially when traveling through busy airports or otherhigh-traffic, public places. If you're traveling abroad (especially outside ofEurope), make yourself aware of any potential issues with public watersources. And while trying the local cuisine can be a great experience, ensuremeat is fully cooked and buy smart if you chose to buy from local streetvendors.
-- Take special care on airplanes -- If you're traveling by plane, dabsesame oil in your nose to keep from getting dried out and becomingsusceptible to illness. Silver spray, a product that can be picked up fromalmost any health food store, is also a great way to help boost your immunesystem while it attacks any germs you may pick up.
About Mariel Hemingway
Mariel Hemingway made her silver screen debut at 13 years old in"Lipstick," and was nominated for an Oscar four years later for Woody Allen's"Manhattan." She has starred in some 30 films. Currently, she is producing afilm based on her grandfather's epic best-seller "A Moveable Feast," a set ofmemoirs of his experiences in Paris in the 1920s. In addition to her filmcareer, she found a passion for holistic and balanced living. She's writtentwo books and conducts wellness retreats across the country sharing herinsights about yoga, meditation, nutrition and home. She is currently workingon a cookbook called Mariel's Kitchen Cookbook that will be released by HarperSan Francisco Publishers in the spring of 2009. Hemingway is the mother of twoteenage daughters.
About Travelers Advantage
Members of Travelers Advantage (http://www.travelersadvantage.com or1-877-841-1335) can save money on air travel, cruises, car rentals andaccommodations, as well as earn five percent cash back on eligible travelbooked with preferred providers through the service. Travelers Advantage isoffered by Affinion Group, a leader in the membership, insurance and loyaltymarketing businesses, providing products and services that touch the lives ofmillions of Americans.
About Affinion Group
As a global leader with nearly 35 years of experience, Affinion Group(http://www.affinion.com) enhances the value of its partners' customerrelationships by developing and marketing valuable loyalty, membership,checking account, insurance and other compelling products and services.Leveraging its expertise in product development and targeted marketing,Affinion helps generate significant incremental revenue for more than 5,300affinity partners worldwide, including many of the largest and most respectedcompanies in financial services, retail, travel, and Internet commerce. Basedin Norwalk, Conn., the company has approximately 3,300 employees throughoutthe United States and in 10 countries across Europe, and markets in 14countries globally. Affinion holds the prestigious ISO 27001 certificationfor the highest information security practices, is PCI compliant andCybertrust certified. For more company and investor information visithttp://www.affinion.com.Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), clickappropriate link.Mariel Hemingwayhttps://profnet.prnewswire.com/Subscriber/ExpertProfile.aspx?ei=68025
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