Spring break is underway for some students, and summer is just around the corner. Most families like to take advantage of this time and take a trip. Unfortunately, the spring and summer of 2020 weren't the safest for traveling. Most people canceled their plans and sheltered in place between alarming spikes in COVID-19 cases and travel restrictions in various countries. This year, things are a bit different. Although the pandemic continues, vaccines, fewer restrictions, and the lifting of travel bans have encouraged people to get out and enjoy life.
If you're tired of sitting in the house and want to take a trip, please proceed with caution. You and your family have been living a sedentary lifestyle, which ultimately weakens your immune system. As no one wants to put themselves or the people they love at risk, it's best to ensure that you're prepared physically and mentally. Continue reading for tips.
Visit The Doctor
Chances are you haven't visited the doctor in a while. Although you may have been healthy before the pandemic, things can change with time. Since you've been pretty much sitting around the house all day, you want to ensure your health is intact. So, before taking a spring or summer vacation, schedule family appointments for the doctor. If COVID-19 vaccines are available in your area, you may want to add your names to the list. This way, your family has an extra layer of protection when traveling.
Ask your doctor to complete a physical exam and general bloodwork to identify or prevent any issues. Whether you have to take multivitamins and probiotic pills to make up for nutrient deficiencies or you need to take medications, follow the doctor's advice and develop a plan to improve your health before traveling.
Get Out Of The House
Staying indoors except for necessary errands was necessary at the start of the pandemic, but spending too much time in the house can also harm your health. When you're exposed to different people, places, and environments, it helps your body develop a more robust immune system and antibodies to fight off viruses. Since you've been close to home for the past year, your defenses are low.
Before your upcoming vacation, you and your family need to get out of the house. You can ease yourself back into the mix by taking a walk around your neighborhood, playing at a park, or going to events or establishments with few crowds. As the pandemic is still a threat, you don't want to throw all caution to the wind. So, ensure that your family wears a mask and practices social distancing.
A sedentary lifestyle leads to a ton of bad habits. Whether you've been indulging in junk food and alcohol, binge-watching television, or sleeping all day, it causes issues for you mentally and physically. You can experience everything from low energy levels and muscle weakness to weight gain and high blood pressure.
There's no need to be ashamed of the habits you've developed. All you need to do is get up and get moving. You can join a gym, work out at home, or simply participate in fun activities with your family like swimming, bowling, or dancing to get your mind and body back on track. Start incorporating physical activity into your day for at least 30 minutes to an hour for optimal results.
After skipping your family vacation last spring or summer, you're probably dying to take a trip. Now that things seem to be getting better, you're ready to rock and roll. Although a vacation is a great sense of relief, your health comes first. Living a sedentary lifestyle this past year has likely had some adverse effects on your well-being. So, before hopping on a plane, train, or bus, take the time to strengthen your mind and body. Visit the doctor, get out of the house more, and engage in physical activity for enhanced wellness. Doing so allows you and your family to remain safe and reduce your risks as you travel.