Vacation is the buzz word during the summer holidays, typically lasting from July to September. Children are on holidays and most parents also work towards being free this period.
These days going on vacation does not necessarily include a long journey to choice destinations, what it does do however is create a buzz of fun and excitement that is naturally associated with splurging on activities that in the long run end up being counter productive to your healthy aspirations. And generally worsens situations for those who are not so health inclined. As they say, do not use your money to buy sickness.
In this article, we have compiled 6 tips to ensure that your health is not compromised during your vacation while you are having fun; by yourself or with your family.
- ENSURE YOU SLEEP WELL
this might sound like a tough call for most, with the partying and clubbing that often come to play, but it is essential that your sleep time is not trifled with. Ensure you and your children get at least 8 hours of sleep nightly. You will be pleasantly surprised to find that you suffer less headaches, migraines and fatigue. And your children will be more alert during the day
2. EAT HEALTHY
eating healthy is most definitely not boring and can be creatively included in your vacation meals. Watch your portions and take in lots of protein, vegetables, fruits. Avoid late night eating
3. WATCH SUGAR INTAKE
very tempting…those juices, soda drinks, desserts, etc. Its imperative you eat them wisely. The more your sugar intake, the less healthy your overall being becomes. It also exposes you to falling prey to sugar induced illnesses such as diabetes. Try to take fruits whole with the fibre and vegetables too
4. MAKE WATER YOUR BEST FRIEND
one can never go wrong with water…except its not clean. Water helps with digestion and keeping you hydrated. Water is also amazing when it comes to help you watching your weight and helps to flush your system off toxins.
no matter your vacationing condition, always make out time to exercise. If the terrain is not smooth or secure for your early morning or late evening walks/runs; there are simple and equally effective routines you can engage in indoors. For instance planks, swimming, running up and down a flight of stairs, push ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, yoga stretches, etc. Point is, whichever you choose, always make sue you engage in some form of activity daily.
6. MENTAL STIMULATION
this majorly relies on activities such as reading, writing or games that stimulate your brain positively. Keeping your mind alert allows you grasp every new experience during your vacation with better and more informed clarity. Make sure you set aside a few minutes to a couple of hours daily to this exercise. Your children should also not be left out. There is a whole world of discoveries between the pages of books that they might never experience otherwise.
7. FAMILY BONDING TIME
this is for those who have their own families. It is very easy to drift apart during vacation with every family member doing their own thing. This might even be the perfect opportunity to get to know one another more. Plan fun activities and be sure to fully participate while carrying everybody along.