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The Relaxed Vacationer's Guide to Staying Healthy While Away!

July 17, 2018
Published in: Fitness, Nutrition, Summer

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You look forward all year long to those days of carefree relaxation. Vacations are great for stress relief, adventure, decompressing, and checking items off your bucket list. However, certain unhealthy pitfalls can turn your vacation bliss into a bad ordeal. Use the following preventative measures to have an enjoyable and healthy vacation!

You are what you eat!

Vacations are often a time to through caution to the wind when it comes to your diet. Here are some easy to maintain diet tip to keep you on track:

The most important meal of the dayWoman eating a bowl of cereal with fruit

Don't miss the most important meal of the day - breakfast! This meal provides you with the fuel to kick-start your day. Whether you are lounging around in a hotel or are out and about in the city, breakfast will give you the energy for a healthier and more enjoyable day.

A treat a day

Don't miss out on trying an Italian gelato or a New Orleans' famous beignet! Depriving yourself of the foods you want will only make you more likely to splurge if you decide to give in eventually. Moderation is key! Select one treat and then resort to healthier options for the remainder of the day. This will set the stage for you to enjoy yourself without completely falling off your healthy diet.

Eat when you're hungry, stop when you're comfortable

Overeating will make you feel lethargic, bloated, or even sick. So, how do you enjoy all of the local food without splurging? The key is tasting instead of completely indulging in all of the yummy vacation food. This trick allows you to try all the food you'd like without suffering the consequences.

Eat where it's busy, and locals are dining

Food poisoning is one of the top five most common things that could go wrong on vacation. An easy trick to figure out which restaurants have high-quality, non-contaminated foods is figuring out where the locals dine. They know where the good locations are and which dining locations can be trusted. The more populated food service options may be safer, as well.

H20 is your friend

Another one of the most common tragedies pitfalls of vacation is becoming dehydrated. Dehydration can happen quickly, especially when you're out in the heat or on a long plane flight. Dehydration can result in low energy, nausea, and headaches. Severe dehydration can even require a trip to the hospital. If your skin, eyes, or mouth are becoming dry or you're starting to get headaches, you're probably beginning to become dehydrated. To prevent severe dehydration have at least one bottle of water on hand at all times.

Bottle Water May Be Best

Especially when traveling out of the country, finding a healthy water source can become a challenge. Contaminated water leads to health concerns such as gastrointestinal issues, nausea, diarrhea, or even death. Avoid drinking sink water, water fountain water, or any source of tap water while traveling. To take precaution, resort to bottled water instead. The source is much more trustworthy.

Keep moving!

Most people don't want to think about exercise while they're on vacation. However, there are easy ways to incorporate exercise into your vacation to help you stay on track. Consider the following options on your next getaway!

feet of a woman hiking over a rockWalk everywhere

Walking guarantees you will be burning extra calories all throughout the day. Get your workout in to help burn off the additional foods you've consumed on your trip. By making an effort to walk, letting go of your diet and exercise regimens a little bit will not be nearly as detrimental. This will also allow you take advantage of seeing more of the location you are touring!

Take the stairs

Instead of taking the elevator or the escalator, take the stairs! This is another excellent way to get your heart rate up and burn extra calories. The incline of stairs allows you to burn more calories than general walking. This is especially true if you conqueror the stairs at a moderate to brisk pace.

Create an exercise plan

Plan ahead and find a hotel with an on-site gym or fitness center. You can also find a nearby local gym and purchase a temporary pass. Once you find out where you will work out, you can then begin to pre-plan your exercise schedule. As you are booking your activities, figure out which times are
the most convenient for your exercise routines. After all, studies show that planning your exercise times ahead exponentially increase your chances of following through.

Overall Wellness – Even on Vacation!

Vacations can throw healthy habits and routines off kilter. Stay on track by following these guidelines:

Catch your zzz's

Bottom line, your body needs enough rest to function. This is extremely important for vacationers! You may be crossing time zones, hauling luggage, site seeing all day, and more. Even though there is so much to see and do, plan ahead to make sure you have time to rest. Most importantly, listen to your body.

Shield yourself from the sun

Studies show that sunburns are directly related to increasing your risk of developing skin cancer down the road. Simple precautions can be taken to prevent yourself from being affected by the sun's harmful rays. Make sure to pack sunscreen or purchase some once you arrive at your destination. Wearing covering clothes like long sleeves, hats, and long pants will also help block the sun. You should also protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection.

Get your shots!

Not every trip requires vaccinations, but it is always important to stay up to date on your vaccines. If you are going out of the country, flying on a plane, or going to a populous city, you are at a higher risk to contract an illness. If you have any questions about health concerns or what vaccines you need, it is best to consult a professional. They will know all of the tips, tricks, and precautions specific to your vacation. Remember, don't put off getting your vaccinations. There is always a potential that you may need multiple vaccines that need to be spaced out by several days to multiple weeks. Try to plan your appointment for 6-8 weeks before your departure, if not more.

Overall, several preventative measures can be taken to make sure you stay healthy and happy while on vacation. These tips include a way to keep you on track with your diet and exercise regimens as well as maintaining overall health and keeping illnesses away. Always consult your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise plans or receiving any vaccinations.