Traveling? Try These 7 Tips to Avoid Getting Sick on the Go

Headed to the airport? As if flight delays, crowded airports and screaming babies weren’t enough  to make you lose your zen, it’s also a breeding ground for getting a cold. The combination of an enclosed space, lots of people and no simple way for everyone to wash their hands creates an environment where germs are bound to breed. To make sure you can actually enjoy your much-deserved time off, we spoke to Dr. Jerry Clements, a family doctor and travel medicine specialist, to get his advice for healthy, happy air travel. Wipe, wipe baby Ever watched a parent on a plane? They wipe down every visible surface, knowing that baby’s hands go absolutely everywhere and then straight into their mouths. That’s your first line of defense for yourself as well, Dr. Clements says. “Pack your antibacterial wipes! They should be standard issue at the check-in counter. We spread diseases by touching a hard surface where something can live for hours or days, compared to a soft surface which dries up quickly,” he explains. While Dr. Clements says …

6 Ways to Get Yourself Out of Vacation Mode (Sorry)

Vacations, honeymoon, longs weekends—they’re all hard to come back from. After all, no one wants to spend 10 days in paradise and then go back to the office (and a full inbox) on Monday. Turning off vacation mode is often tough, but it doesn’t have to be. There are some smart strategies you can employ to make your transition from leisure time a little bit easier.      Whether you’re a world traveler or a staycationer, these pro tips for snapping out of vacation mode will help you get your head back in the game.   Detoxify Sometimes vacation can mean one too many cocktails, rich foods or even lack of sleep if you’re an adventure buff. While fun, these vacation habits can make it hard to feel “normal” once you’re back at work. There are simple and effective ways to rid toxins from your body and feel healthy again after vacation that don’t include depriving yourself. Water is one of the best tools in your detoxing arsenal. “Focus on increasing your water intake. This will …

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling on Vacation

Your guide to healthy food on the go. Eating healthy while traveling is definitely not easy. While we do think it is okay to splurge once and a while on vacation, there are times that our diets shouldn’t be on vacation mode just because we are. We have some smart food hacks to keep you healthy while traveling—and you’ll be surprised how easy they can be. Healthy travel hacks News flash: your healthy diet doesn’t have to hit the road just because you’re about to. Airports are a land of opportunity, especially when it comes to food. Between the fast food options and snack bars, it can be tricky to make healthy food choices while you’re waiting in the wings. Whether you’re looking for a quick fix before you board the plane or a few snacks to make your trek a little more enjoyable, it’s important to make sure you’re fueling your body with the right nutrients before you depart. Certain foods, believe it or not, can make for an unpleasant flight. And nobody got …

5 Yoga Moves You Can Do On An Airplane

Traveling by plane means dealing with a lot of changes in our environment, sometimes for an extended period of time. The aircraft cabins are pressurized so we can breathe at a high altitude where the oxygen becomes more thin, but even when configured perfectly our body is still impacted by this constructed environment. The lower oxygen levels cause sleepiness, the dry air makes our skin crispy and immune system weak, and because the air is cooled before being circulated, it is often too cold for comfort. These subtle changes are actually a lot to deal with. Not to mention, sitting in one tiny space without much ability to move causes blood to collect in the legs and feet, which can lead to annoying and semi-painful swelling or even blood clots. But we all love traveling—and posting that photo of the wing of the plane above the clouds—so how can we improve this experience? The answer is yoga. In an ideal world, there would be time for a quick cycle class before departure and a nice vinyasa …

Everything You Need to Know About Bootcamp

Do you find yourself actively skipping over those bootcamp classes in your ClassPass studio lists? If you’re intimidated by the thought of intense instructors, impossible moves and a pace you can’t keep up with, you’re not alone. Working at Barry’s Bootcamp, I see many intimidated and skeptical faces enter our studio, unsure of what to expect. As a seasoned bootcamp pro, I love instilling confidence and excitement into others for bootcamp workouts, as it is one of the best additions out there to a well-balanced workout regimen. What’s the key to dominating your bootcamp class? Preparation. Follow my tried and true tricks in and out the studio in order to have your best bootcamp experience possible. You’ll wonder why you ever glossed over these types of reservations in the first place! How to prepare for bootcamp class Bootcamp classes are a combination of high-intensity intervals and strength training, which call for high levels of hydration and energy. It is important that you show up to class well hydrated and fueled (eat and drink a couple hours …

Everything You Need to Know About Pole Dancing

Whether you’re fretting over exercising in high heels and skimpy clothing or worrying about having an embarrassing fall, the thought of taking a pole dancing class can be scary. Truth? Pole dancing is actually a perfectly safe class where you can embrace your inner acrobat and enjoy a full-body workout. Plus, you’ll gain confidence, strength and moves that none of your friends have seen in real life. Here’s what you need to know: How to prepare for pole dancing A few basics: Don’t put on any body or hand lotion before class—it could make it nearly impossible to get a grip on the pole. And since this is a challenging core workout, make sure to give your food a few hours to digest before heading to class. You should be well-hydrated, but not full, when going to a class where you could potentially end up upside down on the pole. On the way to class, gear yourself up by listening to upbeat music, because you’re in for a party once you get there. You will laugh at yourself, as …