Use Spring Break to Jumpstart Your Health

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Spring is here, which means you and/or your kids may get time away from work or school. I always believe vacations (even stay-cations) are great health boosters because it takes you away from the stress at work. If you follow my tips for keeping a healthy spring break, you can make this brief break even healthier for you and your family.

Tip #1: Keep Work at Work

This is easier said than done. We are all guilty of working on projects or responding to e-mails while away on vacation — I know I am. If your kids are in high school or college, they may feel compelled to take homework or textbooks on their vacation (if they do, you’ve got some great kids). It may make us seem like dedicated employees or students, but in my family and personal experience, we don’t spend “enough time” on these tasks and stress over them during what’s supposed to be a relaxing vacation. To avoid this, take some extra time to finish these tasks at work before your vacation. If necessary, you can even dedicate the first two days of your vacation for work or study obligations. That way, the time you spend the rest of the week will be a true, stress-free vacation.

Tip #2: Work Out in Your Hotel Room for 10 Minutes a Day

A vacation from work doesn’t mean a vacation from wellness. Even if you plan to walk a lot during your vacation, you should still dedicate at least 10 minutes to personal fitness at home, in your hotel room or on the go. Starting or continuing a routine will help you to keep this habit strong when you get back to work.

To get started, try our Total Body Reboot exercises. They don’t require any equipment, just you.

Tip #3: Pack a Snack (And Don’t Forget the Water!)

Traveling and sightseeing can work up quite an appetite. However, don’t let it compel you to stop at a restaurant for a 900-1100 calorie “snack.” Save money and time by bringing your own snack with you. You can easily make my no-bake energy bars in your hotel room and take them with you. It has tart-cherries, which are melatonin-rich and promote healthy sleep. They also contain antioxidants.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick-cook oats, uncooked
  • 1/3 cup dried tart cherries (you can also use blueberries, or dried cranberries)
  • 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions
Mix the ingredients together in a bowl. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and refrigerate for 2 hours. Slice and enjoy! Return uneaten bars to fridge for storage.

When one “feels” hungry, they may actually be thirsty without knowing it. That’s why it’s important to have water available in a bottle or canteen. Be careful, however. If you’re in another country, make sure the water you’re drinking is safe. You may have to drink bottled water in a developing nation. The CDC has excellent, country-specific advice on  water safety.

The Institute of Medicine recommends men drink roughly 3 liters of water (about 13 cups) a day and women drink around 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) a day. You may remember the “8 glasses of water a day” rule, which has you drinking around 1.9 liters throughout the day. This is easy to remember and may also work for you.

The great things about these tips is that you can use them at home and away! Consider them quick lifestyle boosters. Above all, I hope your spring break is restful and restorative!