Tips on Staying Healthy While Traveling
Nothing is worse than getting knocked out by a cold or the flu, especially when traveling or working. Here are some tips to staying healthy while traveling on a locum tenens assignment.
Get some Zzzz’s. A vital and easy way to prevent illness: getting enough rest. Getting adequate sleep increases melatonin levels and improves immunity against colds and the flu. Whether you are working 9 to 5 or overnight shifts, it is important that you give yourself time to get quality sleep each night. If your assignment requires that you sleep during the day, ask the hotel front desk to place you in a quiet room away from the street or loud noises.
Adopt a travel exercise routine. As a healthcare professional, you are well-versed in the benefits of exercise. But finding the time (and motivation) especially when you’re away from home can be challenging.
Many hotels have small fitness centers on-site; others sometimes partner with a full-service off-site gym, providing free memberships to guests. There’s also the option to work out in your hotel room without having to pack a bunch of equipment. Check out some of these workouts designed for small spaces, don’t require any equipment, and can be completed in 20 minutes or less.
Prefer to head outdoors? Search local tourism websites before you pack your bags to get a feel for the parks, trails, and recreation available in the area. There are great apps such as RunKeeper and TrailLink that can provide you with local running routes and trails.
Got a long layover? Practice your downward dog. Many airports now offer dedicated yoga spaces for travelers — including San Francisco International Airport, Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports, Vermont’s Burlington International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, according to USA Today.
More wellness and fitness options for travelers at airports is a growing trend for 2017. Look for airport therapy dogs, expanding farm-to-terminal healthy food options, fitness centers, and spas on your next terminal visit.
Wash your hands frequently. It’s really that simple. Frequent hand-washing is your best defense against harmful germs. Avoiding touching your face can also help decrease your chances of getting sick.
Drink H2O. Dehydration can inhibit your immune system’s ability to fight off illness, decrease your energy levels and hinder your body’s ability to sleep well. Make sure to drink lots of water or non-caloric beverages to prevent dehydration. A good way to ensure that you are staying adequately hydrated is to drink a glass of water with and between each meal. Many hotels offer complimentary water bottles at the front desk or have convenience stores where it is sold.
Following these steps will result in a healthier and more fulfilling locum tenens assignment. We’re here to help, contact your ICON concierge today for your next locum tenens opportunity.