Traveling is really awesome and one of my favorite things to do. Seeing new things, staying at new places and meeting new people is something that I really enjoy.
After my last trip, I realized that there is a key health and fitness component that just cannot be left behind while traveling staying hydrated.
I always keep my giant water bottle with me when I am at home, so why is it any different when I am traveling?
Airports are hard because you cannot bring your own beverages and then they charge you a ridiculous amount to purchase one while you are there. Traveling by car is hard because I do not want to drink a lot of water and then have to pull over every half hour. But these are all just a bunch of excuses not to do something really important.
Sometimes when I am dehydrated I don't realize it, especially when traveling, because there are so many other things on my mind.
Where should I go today? What should I see? Where am I going to eat? How much money do I need to bring with me?
While those are all valid questions, you also must ask yourself: Do I have water with me?
I was in San Francisco last weekend. I think I bought one water bottle the entire time I was there and then had a couple glasses of water with meals.
With all the walking and hills in San Francisco, it's no wonder I was feeling low on energy and had a difficult time getting out of bed or motivating myself to start my day.
I even remember sitting at dinner and thinking I was hungry, only to take a bite of my food and realize that it wasn't satisfying my need. I should have asked for more water.
Staying hydrated while traveling gives you more energy, allows you to adjust to the new location better, prevents overeating and helps your metabolism function properly throughout the trip.
As you probably know, traveling can cause a lot of changes and discomfort with the digestive system.
We all know that we should be drinking water probably more than we are already consuming. When I got home, the first thing I did was chug two giant glasses of water. My goal now is to make sure that staying hydrated becomes a part of my everyday life, even when I am traveling.
On top of drinking water, there are foods like celery, cucumber and watermelon that have a high water content and can help you stay hydrated. You cannot take liquids with you to the airport but you can definitely take your own food and snacks, so this is a great option when flying.
This week, I am making the pledge with you to make hydration through water and foods a giant part of my focus at home and while traveling. Why don't you join me?
Lunden Souza, a Merced native, is a personal trainer, health and wellness coach, and writer in Southern California. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.