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Seven tips for staying healthy before and during vacation

Posted by Scott Stueber on Mar 8, 2016 9:03:58 AM

sand-castle.jpgAfter enduring months of snow and cold, people can’t wait to get away on a spring break vacation. Even though this winter has been mild where I live, I can’t wait to visit a warmer climate.

Here some interesting facts about spring break vacations.

  • Our college students help the economy by spending $1 billion every year.
  • More than 50% of college students take a spring break vacation.
  • Top party destinations for 2016 include:
    • Panama City Beach, FL;
    • Myrtle Beach, S.C.;
    • Miami, FL;
    • Austin, TX; and 
    • Las Vegas.

    If you’re planning a trip with your family, you may have spent a lot of time and effort researching destinations, airfare, restaurants, and activities/local attractions. Fortunately for me, my wife enjoys researching and planning our vacations. With that said, the last thing you want is to come down with an illness before or during your trip.

    Here are some tips that may keep you and your family healthy.

    1. Exercise. There are many benefits to regular exercise. Some of those include:

    • Weight management;
    • Lowering blood pressure, cholesterol etc.;
    • Improved mood; and
    • Improved sleep.

    Recent research suggests that moderate exercise a few days a week could also boost your immune system by increasing cells in your body that defend against bacteria. Taking your dog for a walk or riding your bike to work may help keep you healthy.

    2. Get a good night’s sleep. If you’re not getting enough sleep at night, your immune system may become weak. It’s recommended that adults sleep seven-nine hours per night.

    3. Take vitamins. There are vitamins and minerals that support immune system health. In addition, if you have a sensitive stomach, taking probiotics a few weeks before your vacation may help with upset stomach. Before you start taking vitamins or herbal remedies, talk to your physician.

    4. Avoid tap water. Depending on where you go, it’s best to drink bottled water. Tourist hot spots in other countries can have bacteria in the water that we are not used to. Also, avoid rinsing your toothbrush with tap water. Lastly, avoid eating salads that may be rinsed in local tap water and avoid eating undercooked foods.

    5. Drink plenty of water. During the workweek, I have no problem drinking 64 ounces of water or more each day. However, when I’m home on the weekend, the routine goes right out the window. Your water routine should continue while you’re on vacation. Staying hydrated can be your best defense against germs.

    In addition, alcohol, sun exposure, salt water, and caffeine can lead to dehydration. Make the most of your vacation by alternating alcoholic drinks with water. If you experience dehydration (dizziness, weakness, confusion, muscle spasms, passing out, or dark urine), drink a large glass of ice water.

    6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. On vacation, you spend a lot of time in planes, trains, automobiles, and hotels. All of these can be a breeding ground for germs. Wash your hands regularly and carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

    7. Pack some disinfecting wipes. Last year when my family travelled to San Francisco, I took along disinfecting wipes. My family laughed and said, “Dad you are so weird.” Once I got to my seat on the plane, I wiped everything down. Guess who was asking if I had extras. You don’t know the last time the plane was thoroughly cleaned. For me, it offers a little peace of mind.

    Do you have any tips you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them; please share them in the box below.


    http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2016/02/24/top-spring-break-party-destinations-for-2016/ http://spendmatters.com/2015/03/07/64733/ http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389?pg=1 http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/exercises/why-exercise-boosts-the-immune-system.html

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