During the holidays, you may worry about staying healthy. In addition to having a lot of fun activities to participate in at home or in your neighborhood throughout the holidays, you may want to travel for hundreds of miles to visit relatives or friends. Here are some of the best ways to remain mentally and physically fit during the busy holiday weekend.
Way 1: Don’t Neglect Your Sleep
Make sure to get enough sleep to avoid feeling fatigued at your family get-togethers or religious events. Adults require seven to nine hours of restful sleep, but your children need more sleep. Toddlers may need to sleep for 10 hours at night, but it is often a good idea for a child to have a nap in the afternoon. Teenagers often don’t get enough sleep, but you should make sure that a teenage child is sleeping a minimum of nine hours a night.
Way 2: Consuming a Nutritious Diet
If you are traveling, then you may need to stop at restaurants to eat your meals, but you should avoid eating only greasy hamburgers or french fries. Check the menus at drive-thru restaurants to look for these types of foods:
• Green leafy salads
• Yogurt topped with fresh berries
• Apple slices
• Grilled chicken sandwiches topped with raw vegetables
• Baked potatoes topped with low-fat sour cream
• Vegetarian burgers on whole-wheat bread
Way 3: Wash Your Hands Frequently
While traveling, make sure to wash your hands frequently after touching objects such as doorknobs and drawer handles. Bring along bottles of hand sanitizers or packets of ready-made wet paper towels so that you can clean your hands before eating in a restaurant.
Way 4: Avoid Foodborne Illnesses
Use caution when you are eating at a buffet where the foods are placed on serving tables. The foods should be kept at the proper temperature level to keep pathogens from growing. Cold foods should be in containers that are kept on ice while hot foods should be placed on warming stations. Make sure that the serving utensils or plates are not contaminated from the other individuals in a restaurant.
Way 5: Protection from Sunburn
As the weather gets warmer during the spring, you will go outside more, but you must apply sunscreen lotion to avoid sunburn. Make sure to apply the sunscreen product to all of the exposed areas of your skin, and also, make sure to use the proper type of lotion on a child’s skin.
Way 6: Remember to Exercise
Despite the busy holiday weekend, make sure to take time to exercise. You can go cycling around your neighborhood, or you can find a hiking trail at a local park. If it is raining, then use a yoga routine to keep your body in fantastic shape.
Way 7: Prevent Mosquito Bites
The warmer temperatures combined with additional rain can lead to a huge population of mosquitoes. To avoid dangerous mosquito bites that can transmit illnesses such as Zika virus, apply insect repellent before you go outside.