How to stay healthy on holiday
Holidays are a time to unwind, relax, and have fun. However, with all the temptation to let loose and have fun it's easy to forget about looking after yourself. These are some top tips to help you stay healthy on holiday.
- Vaccinations and medication
- Be sensible in the sun
- Stay hydrated
- Drink in moderation
- Eat well
- Pack your trainers
- Don't wait for insect bites
Make sure that if there are any recommended or essential vaccinations you have these done in plenty of time. Equally, if you take any regular medication make sure you have enough to comfortably last you your entire holiday.
While many people look forward to getting a bit of a tan while on holiday it's important to remember that the sun can be dangerous if you're not adequately protected. Cover your skin with sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher and make sure that if you're going to be taking a dip in the pool you reapply sun screen afterwards, even if it is waterproof. It's also worth remembering that the sun's rays can still do damage even on a cloudy day.
Dehydration can be serious, causing dizziness, palpitations, and even fainting. Even just lying peacefully in the sun will cause you to lose body fluids from sweating, so make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. Keeping cool, by wearing light cotton clothes or a wide brimmed hat is another way to reduce dehydration.
The long-term effects of drinking too much alcohol (which also causes dehydration in the short term) are well documented. Even though you're on holiday, the drinking guidelines remain the same: women shouldn't regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day, while men should stick to 3-4 units a day.
Sampling local delights and allowing yourself the occasional treat is part of the holiday fun, but try not to go overboard, or you might return home with a little extra luggage. Why not treat yourself to healthier options like deliciously sweet locally grown fresh fruit?
Holiday stomach bugs can be quite common, so try to avoid them by always eating hot, cooked food and drinking bottled water. Taking probiotics during and after your holiday can also help, but if you do fall ill, make sure to rest and drink lots of water.
Daily exercise is important, even when you're on a relaxing holiday. If you don't fancy a light jog why not get your bathing suit on and have a swim, or hire a bike and explore the local area? There are plenty of ways you can get your daily dose of physical activity while still keeping in the holiday spirit.
Insect bites irritate the skin and can be very painful. Furthermore, they definitely won't complement those new holiday outfits. Apply insect repellent to stop the biting in the first place, and have a soothing cream for back up.