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Start the New Year Right with These Five Healthy Habits

hiking-at-sunsetAt times it can be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle while traveling. Here are five healthy habits to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle while enjoying your RV travels.

1. Eat fresh foods as often as possible

One of the great advantages of traveling in an RV is that you have cooking facilities, and you probably have enough cooking utensils that you can prepare many different types of meals. As you travel try to prepare some meals using fresh foods, especially fruits and vegetables. These food items are filling and an important nutritional element in any diet. While traveling in an RV you may limited storage space, but you do have food storage options. Try to use some of your food storage for fresh foods. In addition, you can also try to be adventurous by cooking foods and meals using local ingredients and types of cuisine. Not only will you have delicious, fresh meals, but you will have explored unique aspects of the culture in the region you are exploring.

2. Take driving breaks

When you are taking a long-distance trip, you may want to get to your destination as fast as possible. This may lead you to drive for many hours continuously. You will feel healthier and happier if you take advantage of your ability to stop wherever you want, and take a few breaks. Make sure you take time to get appropriate rest, everyone needs adequate sleep. You should also be sure to get out of the RV and walk around occasionally to stretch out your limbs. Just as you need to get up and walk around while on a long airplane trip, you need to do the same on a long RV trip.

3. Go for a hike or two

Everyone needs to get some exercise, fortunately you have the opportunity to travel to some extremely beautiful and fascinating destinations. You can combine your desire to explore your intended destination and also get some great exercise. Perhaps you can find some nice trail in a local park, or maybe you can explore a local botanical garden. You can also park farther away from your destination and walk more. You will find that you get the opportunity to explore the real beauty of your destination by hiking and walking. If you have a dog, you probably need to walk it, so try to explore some new pet-friendly walks. There are many ways to increase your exercise without feeling like you are actually exercising. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to develop the healthy habit of getting regular exercise.

4. Drink water

If you are traveling to a warm destination, especially desert destinations, make sure to stay hydrated. Water is scarce in the desert and the sun and heat contribute to easy dehydration. Make sure you always have an ample supply of drinking water, as well as precautions for water purification. Drinking plenty of water is also a good habit to practice even when you aren't in the sun, so make sure to keep drinking water even after you leave the warm environs you travel to.

5. Stay sun safe

Many places you may travel to in your RV are warm and sunny. While enjoying the beautiful weather in your vacation destination make sure to stay sun safe. This means using ample sunscreen, of at least 30 SPF. Sunscreen should be reapplied approximately every 2 hours depending on the strength of the sun. You can also wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, which provide great protection from the harmful rays of the sun. Other sun safe precautions include wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, use SPF lip balm, as well as a sun hat. Skin cancer is a terrible disease and practicing sun safe behaviors will help you enjoy the sun while reducing your risk for getting skin cancer.
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