Don’t throw healthy decisions to the wayside just because you’re on vacation.
Sure, vacation is a break from the daily grind. But, it doesn’t mean you have to take a break from healthy eating and healthful decisions. Believe it or not, just taking a vacation is good for your health. Taking time away from work decreases the likelihood of becoming depressed, slightly reduces the risk of heart attack and reduces stress.
Make your vacation even better with these tips to make your trip a healthy one.
Eat well. Eat local.
Traveling gives you an opportunity to sample the local faire. Choose dishes full of local fruits and vegetables and follow these rules for healthy eating away from home:
- Avoid fast food.
- Have healthy snacks available.
- Share your meal to reduce portion sizes.
- Skip dessert.
Get out. Get moving.
Use your vacation as a platform to try new sports or activities. Regardless what you try, don’t spend your holiday lying around the entire time. Here are some suggestions to make your vacation a “fitcation”:
- Start your morning with a walk on the beach or around town.
- Traverse the local terrain through hiking, climbing or biking.
- Hit the water with swimming, snorkeling, or surfing.
- Find the green at the local golf course.
Be Prepared. Be Safe.
Before leaving home, you may want to research the area you are visiting and learn about medial facilities available in case of emergency. Also, take the following precautions:
- Pack all necessary medication for all travelers. Include extra doses in case you get stranded in an airport or elsewhere.
- If you are traveling abroad, check with your doctor to see if you need any vaccinations before leaving.
- Make sure you have sunscreen and other sun protection gear.
Regional Medical Center wishes you safe and happy travels on your upcoming vacations. If you need a check-up or vaccinations before traveling abroad, contact our free Consult-A-Nurse® service with any health questions or physician referral at 1-888-741-5119.