The 4th of July is just days away! Many people choose to stay home for this summer holiday, but we have plenty of patients who will be taking advantage of the long weekend to travel. If you’re leaving town this Independence Day, remember to take your healthy habits with you. Exercise, nutrition, and proper sleep are still important — yes, even on vacation. Here’s how to have a happy and healthy 4th of July while you’re away!
When you’re on vacation, it can be hard to get moving. Start your day off right with an early morning exercise, or get your family and friends involved to play games like volleyball or badminton. 4th of July is usually a hot day spent outdoors, so take advantage of the warmer temperatures and go for a swim!
Don’t Forget Your Greens
When you think of a typical 4th of July meal, what do you imagine? Hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, pulled pork, and more! Those foods, though delicious, aren’t the best for you. They tend to be high in fat and low in healthy vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Eat less nutritious foods in moderation, and remember to pack your plate with fruits and vegetables.
Get Plenty of Rest
It can be hard to rest when there is so much fun going on, but remember that a vacation gives your body a chance to rest and recharge. Try to maintain your regular sleep schedule to prevent sleep deprivation’s negative side effects, like reduced immune and brain function.
Bring Healthy Snacks
When it comes to healthy snacks, we all have our favorites. And if they aren’t on hand, you will likely choose something not-so-good for you. Healthy snacks are particularly pricey (and hard to find) at airports and on the road. Pack some healthy snacks like granola or dried fruit so you’ll have something nutritious to eat while traveling.
Dehydration is not good, especially not during these hot summer months. Pack your favorite reusable water bottle and keep it with you throughout your trip. Whether you are traveling or tanning, keeping you water on hand will help you stay hydrated.
Don’t Go Overboard
Over-consumption of food and alcohol can lead to disrupted sleep, weight gain, and even compromise the immune system. Avoid going overboard when it comes to food and alcohol to keep your body healthy while you are away. Be sure to enjoy yourself, but also make healthy choices!
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Travel is hard on the body! Whether it is a sitting in a cramped airplane seat, a long car ride, or strange sleeping accommodations, the disruptions to your routine effect you physically from strained muscles to aching joints. Click here to schedule an adjustment before your trip so you are flexible and comfortable for your travels.