Health concerns topped a list of significant worries experienced by expatriates, beating other issues such as the threat of terrorism and political insecurity, according to a recent report by Aetna International. For many expats, living abroad opens an avenue for new challenges and endless adventures. In any country, there are always local potential health risks that you will want to stay away from, especially if you are in third world countries. Therefore, it is vital to mind your health and fitness while carrying out your responsibilities. Some of the best tips to promote and maintain your well-being as an expat include:

Eating healthy food and clean water

Adopting a healthy diet helps to protect against most non-communicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, and cancer, according to the World Health Organization(WHO). In this regard, expats should avoid fast foods, food stands, and street food. Instead, you should find some fresh vegetables and fruits from the grocery stores around. Similarly, clean water is critical to staying healthy regardless of whether you drink it or use it to prepare meals. Contaminated drinking water is estimated to cause hundreds of thousands of deaths annually, as reported by WHO. While living abroad, expats should remain conscious of local dangers of contaminated water and take bold steps to secure clean water at work and home. Some of the most common water-transmitted diseases include diarrhea, typhoid, cholera, and dysentery. If you are not sure about the source of water or if it is safe, be sure to always boil before consumption.

Build an exercise routine

Physical activity has significant benefits to your health, whether you are an expat or living in your native country. Lack of sufficient physical activity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for mortality causing 3.2 million deaths globally, reports WHO. Depending on the terrain and environment around where you live, you can exercise through walking, cycling, sports among other activities. Sometimes, due to political unrest, extreme climates, and insecurity, some expats may find it hard to exercise outdoors. If you are in such a setting, a workable solution is to acquire a home exercise machine or better still, join a gym class nearby. All in all, a healthy exercise routine will help you to stay energetic and improve their productivity.

Acquire international health insurance

In many countries, local public healthcare facilities may not be up to standard, which means expats might require to use private medical care. However, such services may be overly expensive especially when emergencies arise. Without an appropriate international health insurance plan, you could end up settling an unbearable bill, which could jeopardize your financial status. While a global plan primarily covers large expenses, it can also handle your preventive health measures and tests that could help largely.

Expats living and working abroad often expose themselves to many health risks, such as tropical diseases and respiratory illnesses. Some of these may not be individually fatal, but they can cause the general health to deteriorate and become life-threatening. If you ever feel sick at your destination country, always seek medical check-up as soon as you can. Besides, always remember to have your routine vaccinations.


Expat BloggersSally Jackson is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.

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