One thing Alan and I have learned over the years: good health is vital to our active travel style. For that matter, good health is important for any type of travel plans, whether you’re a boomer or a 20-something starting out on a backpacking trip around the world. You can’t explore the Great Wall of China or go hiking in a national park if you don’t feel well or if you have an underlying health issue that keeps you off the road. In 2013, we’re making one healthy change a month to support our boomer travel habits. It’s never to late to join us and become a healthier traveler. Keep checking back as we update this page each month. We’ll toast to our success on January 1, 2014.
Guest writer, Kay Dougherty, explains how her visit to Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts, helped keep her commitment to daily stretching. To read more, click on One Healthy Change a Month: A Visit to Canyon Ranch.
March: Lose One Pound a Month
The older we get, the harder it is to lose weight. Want to learn strategies for slow, steady weight loss that stays off? Join our challenge to lose one pound a month. Having trouble meeting your goal (Donna did)? Here’s some extra inspiration to get you back on track.
April: Drinking Enough Water
Water is one of the keys to energy and good boomer health. But how do you get those 8 glasses of water in a day during travel? Follow our tips and improve your water consumption by joining our challenge to Drink Enough Water.
May: Walking Outside 30 Minutes a Day
Walking outside on a daily basis is good for fitness but also mental health. It’s also easy to incorporate this healthy change into your travel schedule. Follow our tips and join our challenge by clicking on Walking Outside 30 Minutes a Day.
June: Breathe Deeply
How many of us consciously take deep breaths? Do you know the health benefits? Click on Breathe Deeply to follow our tips and join the challenge.
Guest writer, Doug Kelsy, offers a simple tip for prevent lower back pain by bringing a beach ball on your travels. To read more, click on Relieve Lower Back Pain With This Simple Tip.
July: Strength Training
We loose 1/4 pound in muscle a year after turning 40. Here’s how to stay strong, including tips for strength training while traveling. Click on One Healthy Change a Month: Strength Training to read more.
Prolonged sitting is bad for your health. Read our tips on how to take movement breaks at home and on the road. To read more, click on One Healthy Change a Month: Move.
Would you like to unwind, de-stress and perhaps add to your longevity? For many of us, disconnecting is easier said than done, but these days,it’s so very important to turn off that computer, iPhone, iPad, etc. To read more, click on One Healthy Change a Month: Move.
October: Health Hacks
While we’re all spending a large chunk of our days trying to get the most out of modern day technology, sometimes we run out of time to properly take care of ourselves. However, there are quite a few health hacks that we can add to our daily routine that can help us improve our health. To read more, click on One Healthy Change a Month: Health Hacks.
With November being the month to give thanks, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the meaning of gratitude. Showing and feeling gratitude ranges from the simple to the complex, but with a little bit of energy, we can bring this thankful attitude to our everyday life. To read more, click on One Healthy Change a Month: Gratitude.
Despite the joyous nature of the holidays, December can be quite stressful for a lot of people. Even for the most ardent holiday lover, travel at this time of year tends to bring a lot of anxiety, so our advice this month is to learn how to properly relax, which will help you enjoy life on the road throughout the year. To read more, click on One Healthy Change a Month: Relax.
January 2014: 10,000 Steps a Day
After a full year of making active changes to our health routine on the road and while traveling, we’re still going strong. We’ve even added a bit of technology to our arsenal: The Fitbit! To read more, click on One Healthy Change: 10,000 Steps a Day.