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I follow seven principles of health, that not only keep me happy and healthy at home, but all the time – wherever I might be in the world.

7 Tips For Travel: Flick Palmateer

Staying fit and healthy while chasing the travel bug can be a challenge, let’s face it. Constantly being on the go experiencing new foods, new exercise routines and new time zones can quickly add up take a toll on your body. Luckily, there’s a few individuals who have nailed the way to approach this full paced lifestyle.

Billabong’s Flick Palmateer is one of those people. Recently sitting down with the team at Billabong HQ, Flick kindly shared seven key secrets that keep her healthy, both mentally and physically, while on the road.

Off on your next adventure sometime soon? Keep reading and follow her tricks of the trade!

In the words of Flick… “Staying healthy is much simpler than it might seem. I follow seven principles of health, that not only keep me happy and healthy at home, but all the time – wherever I might be in the world. So, in no particular order here they are:”

1. Get some sun!

Light is life and the big fiery ball at the center of our solar system is responsible for powering all life on Earth. How good does it feel to jump into your favorite bikini and get some rays on the bod? It’s essential for good health.

2. Eat well 

Fresh fruit and veges to be precise. Raw whenever possible. I grew up a vegetarian. I’ve tried most types of meat in recent years, but a plant-based diet is where I think it’s really at. When I’m travelling I also take a few extra goodies that help with hydration and digestion.

3. Drink heaps of water

Food guru Don Tolman says a litre per day for every 22kgs of body weight. More if you’re working out, sweaty or in super humid/hot climates. So, if you weigh 66kgs, you should be drinking a minimum of three litres of water a day!

4. Exercise

Walk, surf, stretch, hit the gym, get some cardio happening. Movement stimulates the fun chemicals in your body, brain and becomes addictive. Stagnation is bad. Move every day, or when you’re in a funk – get out the door!

5. Sleep

Jetlag is an issue for me, especially when I’m competing. I try and allow time to adjust to different time zones, but that’s not always possible. Good rest and recovery time is essential to recharging the body and to make the most of the other six principles of health.

6. Enjoy meaningful and passionate relationships

Surfing, art, the environment and my friends are my passions.

7. Breath 

Just breathe and try to enjoy every moment.