Travel Tuesday: 10 Tips for a Healthier Vacation

Since summer is here, many of us will be taking a vacation. I have some exciting trips planned this summer, and I always do my best to stay healthy on trips. I thought I would share 10 helpful tips on how to have a healthier vacation:

 

1. Watch What You Eat:

  • Share-Many restaurants serve very large portions, so do not hesitate to split orders.

  • Space meals throughout the day. It can be easy to “graze” while on vacation. Try to set meal times and stick to them.

 2. Drink Plenty of Water:

  • Airline flights are very dehydrating. Drink plenty of water and limit alcohol.

  • Children become dehydrated more easily than adults, so pay extra attention to them.

  • Drink bottled water, especially if you are in a foreign country where tap water may not be safe to drink.

3. Get adequate sleep:

  • When you sleep well, you wake up feeling refreshed, alert and ready to enjoy the day. It will also keep your immune system healthy

  • Do your best to stay on a regular sleep schedule while away from home.

4.  Pack a first-aid kit: 

  • Bandages, sterile gauze pads, instant cold packs, a thermometer, scissors, tweezers, a needle, moistened towelettes and bandaids.

  • Antiseptics, over–the–counter pain relievers, anti–diarrhea medication, antacid, a tube of hydrocortisone cream for itchy skin reactions, allergy relief, cold and cough medicine, motion sickness medication.

5. Exercise:

  • You will feel so much better if you exercise or maintain regular exercise. It will help you unwind and relieve stress.

  • Vacations are a great time to start, or try a new workout routine.

6.  Be careful in the sun:  

  • The sun’s peak hours are between 10 AM and 4 PM.

  • Liberally apply a broad–spectrum, water–resistant sunscreen of at least SPF 15 thirty minutes before going outdoors. Sunscreen should then be re–applied every two hours or after physical activity.

  • Sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays offer the best eye protection. 

7 . Read:

  • Bring a relaxing book or some of your favorite magazines. Give yourself a break from your normal work routine. I love a good beach-read type of book.

8. Pack Smart:

  • Try to not to overpack. This will help your back when carrying luggage. It will also be less to keep up with and unpack when you get back home.

9. Detach:

  • You will be able to relax better if you detach and unplug on vacation. Try to limit yourself from checking email, work calls and social media. Give yourself the time you greatly deserve.

10. When traveling internationally:

  • See your doctor or specialist six weeks prior to your trip. Most vaccines take time to become effective and require more than one dose in a series.

  • Carry a written copy of your medical history and check with your health insurance provider to see if you are covered for medical care and medical evacuation while on vacation.

Some of these tips were contributed by EHE International, America’s oldest and largest preventive health company.

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Fitness Friday: Bob Harper’s Top 5 Fitness Tips

Bob Harper is America’s #1 TV weight-loss authority and fitness expert from NBC’s The Biggest Loser. You can also find him here on twitter, and he is the creator of Smart Success. Here are his top five weight-loss and fitness tips:

1. Protein is important for building muscle and repair. It is essential to get at least half of your body weight of protein in grams. For example if you way 180 pounds, you must get 90 grams of protein.

2. When traveling, stick to your workout regiment; sneak out to your hotel gym, and get a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio a day. Pack a jump rope-it doesn’t take up much space. Grab a hotel bath towel, and create a short circuit, or just run around the surrounding area of your hotel to keep your body trim and in its normal fitness routine

3. Your warm up sets the mood for your entire workout. Choose something that gives you a dynamic and strong start. An example is standing kicks. They are excellent for getting the blood pumping.

4. When building better abs (or any muscle), work them out 2 to 3 times a week. Not everyday.

5. For an overall body workout, you can keep it simple and stick to push ups. You will see great results.

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