Going on holiday is the highlight of everybody’s year, so the last thing you want is to fall ill or feel under the (sunny) weather whilst you’re there.
But fear not! There are a number of measures that you can take in order to prevent your holiday from being anything other than brilliant…
Are you one of those people that say they MUST get in shape before their holiday? ‘No carbs before Marbs’ etc. etc. Well if that’s the case, don’t undo all your hard work the second you step off the plane. Follow these few easy steps and you’ll be heading home with a healthy, glow and looking fitter than ever.
As tempting as the strong, unmeasured house spirits may be, if you are on an all inclusive board basis, try not to go overboard on the alcohol. It’s great to enjoy a few drinks on holiday, but having too much when spending your days out in the sun can lead to dehydration, which can in turn lead to sickness.
The same goes for the all-you-can-eat buffets at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try not to overindulge when filling your plate – and try to stick to just one plateful at each meal, like you would at home. You’ll feel a lot more energised and less sluggish for whatever you have planned for the day if you’ve not taken part in your own man vs. food challenge.
Holidays are definitely a time to relax and take it easy, but there’s no reason not to enjoy some gentle activity while you’re away, too! Chances are you probably do more exercise when you’re on holiday than you realise.
Make the most of your hotel’s swimming pool, even if it’s just for a splash about each day. Maybe you can take part in some of the hotel-run activities, if there are any available. These often include things such as water aerobics, yoga or archery and are a great way to spend a couple of hours. Or if you prefer something a little more adventurous, why not book yourself on to a trip to go snorkelling or scuba diving?
It’s always great to get out and explore your surroundings when in a new country, so take a wander around some of the local sights and attractions and see what you can learn about the country’s history and culture. An even better way to see the area would be to hire bikes and go for a leisurely bike ride along the coast, taking in the sea breeze and the beautiful views. Stop for some lunch at a local café and then make your way back in your own time… You’ll feel great afterwards!
One of the most common complaints for a Brit abroad is a bad stomach, but there are many ways that you can avert this awkward inconvenience on your holiday.
If you’re travelling to a place that’s notorious for its effects on a holidaymaker’s delicate stomach, then plan ahead and maybe consider taking some digestion support tablets (available in most pharmacies) a week before you travel. Just speak to the pharmacist about them first. Continue to take them throughout the duration of your holiday and then for a few days when you get back. You’ll thank yourself for it!
A whole mixture of things can contribute to getting poorly whilst abroad, but one of the main causes is dehydration. Drink plenty of water, all day, every day, but we’re talking the bottled variety, NOT tap water. It’s important to stay hydrated when spending a lot of time in the sun, so keep sipping, sipping, sipping…
Another cause of dehydration can be not protecting yourself well enough whilst out in the sun. You should always wear plenty of sun cream (even when it’s cloudy) and be sure to re-apply often – especially after swimming or towelling yourself down. Cover up by wearing a hat and sunglasses and stick to the shade when the sun is at its hottest.
For more advice, have a read of our guide to Your Safety and Health Whilst Abroad.
But most importantly – ENJOY! And make the most of every single minute before you have to be back in the office again!
What are your best tips for staying healthy on holiday? Comment below and let us know!