How to stay healthy during your summer vacations
Summer is in full-swing, and for many of us that means it’s time to travel! While travelling provides an exciting opportunity to explore, visit family, or just relax, it can also wreak havoc on your body. Before you pack your bags, here are the 5 things you need to know to stay healthy as you travel.
1. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration is a concern during summer travels, especially with the warmer temperatures. Air travel also presents a greater chance of dehydration with its high altitude and low humidity.
To stay hydrated, aim to drink 8 glasses of water a day, and make sure to pass on the carbonated sodas, sugary drinks, or alcohol on your next flight.
When you’re sitting for long periods of time, whether on an airplane or in a car, muscle cramps and blood clots become a concern. The easiest way to ward off these potential hazards is to stretch frequently.
If you are flying, get up and walk in the aisle once every hour and make sure that the space around your feet is clear so you’ll have plenty of room to stretch out. If you’ll be on the road, make sure to take the time to stop to stretch throughout your journey.
Your body will thank you, and you won’t feel stiff and sore when you reach your destination!
3. Set Yourself Up For Good Posture
Hitting the road for your summer vacation? If you’ll be sitting for any extended period of time, it can be tempting to slouch in your seat as you settle in for the ride. To combat this, you’ll want to set yourself up for good posture.
Prevent a painful backache by providing lumbar support with a rolled up towel or a special cushion.
4. Stay Clean
During your travels you will be exposed to a lot of germs from others (whether in the confined space of an airplane, or at gas stations and rest stops along your road trip).
Set yourself up for success to avoid getting sick by washing your hands frequently, carrying hand sanitizer with you, and avoiding touching your face, eyes, and mouth.
5. Get Plenty of Sleep
Whether your travels include a time change or not, the mere act of travelling can alter your usual sleep routine.
Although you should enjoy your time and have lots of fun, you won’t be having any fun if you end up getting sick on your vacation.
Make sure to balance that fun with plenty of sleep so that your body is well rested and ready to take on all of your travel adventures.