While traveling for business or pleasure, there is a temptation to eat more than usual and exercise less. But even if the only workout space is a hotel room, travelers can still do many activities to keep in shape.
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Whether you're heading to a spa for a girls-only weekend or chugging down the highway in a car full of Disney-crazed kids, a road trip is the ultimate rite of summer. But along with the classic rock blasting on the radio, road trips often involve the kinds of food you'd never think of eating at home--neon-orange cheese curls, mega-ounce slushies, unidentifiable dried meat in a plastic pack.
Walking is a wonder exercise. Not only can it can help control weight, it also reduces the risk of developing diabetes, certain cancers, and heart disease. Walking bestows benefits to the brain too, by relieving stress and improving mood. Best of all, walking is free: You don't need fancy equipment or a gym membership to reap the benefits. Here's how to make every step count, no matter how often you hit the pavement.
Hypothermia develops when body temperature, usually at 98.6ºF, drops below 90ºF. Frostbite occurs when parts of our bodies -- usually fingers and toes -- freeze because the blood vessels have constricted and blood flow is reduced. According to the Red Cross, about 700 people in the United States die every year from hypothermia and frostbite. People can become lost in the wilderness, stranded in their cars or trapped at home without utilities.
Every year millions of people go to the mountains for backpacking, skiing, mountain climbing and other activities and are surprised to find that they don't feel well. It's because the higher you climb above sea level, the less oxygen there is in the air. This causes problems for people who normally live at lower altitudes because their bodies aren't used to working on so little oxygen. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in July 2007 found that even some airline passengers can fall victim to altitude sickness.