With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us are already daydreaming about our upcoming vacations. While vacation is a time to unwind, it can also be a time when we eat a bit more and exercise a bit less than we should.
If you are abandoning your healthy habits while getting away from it all, you may actually be putting yourself at risk for a weakened immune system and a higher chance of getting sick.
Get the most out of your trip by finding the right balance between splurging and staying healthy. Here are 5 Tips to help you stay healthy during your upcoming holiday vacations:
- Build Your Immune System
Research shows that more than one in five plane passengers will catch a cold within a week of their flight. Bolster your immunity by getting seven to eight hours of sleep for several nights before you leave, so you will be less likely to catch the sniffles.
Digestive problems are all too common when you’re on the road. Consider adding a probiotic to your vitamin routine to keep your digestion in working order during your travels. Taking probiotics for three days before a trip can help prevent stomach problems by keeping your GI tract healthy.
- Be Prepared
Along with your beach reading and sunscreen, be sure to pack a health kit in your suitcase, so you will be prepared for minor health problems. Your health kit should include an antacid, an antidiarrheal medication, bandages, pain relievers, an antihistamine, and sanitizing wipes. Also, remember to pack your vitamins and any supplements or prescription medications you take regularly, because abruptly stopping your supplement routine can throw your body out of whack.
- Food, Glorious Food
Take some time to plan where you will eat out, just like how you plan your vacation activities. By checking out menus online beforehand, you will be more likely to choose healthier options.
You are on vacation, so allow for some splurges. However, choose your splurges wisely. The trick is to enjoy decadent foods and drinks in moderation: consider your favorite things and enjoy them, but pass on the things that you can easily get at home that add extra calories.
- Get Active
Lounge on a hammock all you want. Just be sure to get in some activity, too, or you will have extra pounds to take home as a vacation souvenir. Set aside 45 minutes to an hour a day for physical activity. There’s no need for long, grueling workout sessions. Instead, take advantage of your surroundings: go for a long walk on the beach, swim laps at the hotel pool, or find local hiking paths. Most vacation spots have unique local sports or exercises, so this is the perfect time to try something new.
- Relax & Enjoy
Take some time to completely unplug. Giving yourself some much needed time to disconnect will help you recharge and make the most of your vacation.
When you return home, ease back into your routine in order to avoid post-vacation syndrome. Taking an extra day off from work to slowly resume your usual activities and eating habits will help you keep your newly relaxed and rejuvenated attitude.