Many of you are headed out of town for Spring Break soon. Some of you will just be taking some time off work to stay home with kids. Regardless, this week of being out of the normal routine can leave room for bad habits to creep in so I wanted to share some strategies to keep your health a priority.
1. Get 7-9 hours of sleep.
Staying up late playing video games, watching Netflix can allow time for late night snacking and promote inflammation in your body disturbing its normal time to reset while you sleep. Having a fun late night with some snacks on occasion isn't going to destroy your health but keeping it to one night and choosing health(ier) snacks is wise.
Don't let your extra time off cause you to forget about exercising. Staying in your routine is helpful to burn a few calories and will also help you make healthier choices during the rest of your day.
3. Eat your vegetables.
Yep-I'm saying it again. Eat your vegetables. At MINIMUM 5 servings/day. You really should be getting 7-13 servings. Keeping your vegetable intake up will leave less room for the junk food you're tempted to eat when you're out of routine.
4. Make smart choices at restaurants.
Going out to eat may be part of your traveling but it doesn't have to destroy your efforts towards healthier living. If you'd like a quick guide to lower calorie options at fast food restaurants you can go here.
5. Drink water.
Drinks other than water are typically pretty unhealthy for you- with the exception of black coffee and black tea. You should be drinking an ounce per kilogram of body weight but 64 ounces is a good rule of thumb. If you don't feel like counting, drink until your pee is clear.