• Heather Allen, Senior Writer

Tips and Tricks for a Healthy Spring Break


As we near the end of the semester, everyone is becoming excited about the week-long break starting this weekend. However, it can be easy to lose sight of healthy lifestyle choices in the midst of all the fun. Here are a few easy tips and tricks to think about while planning for this spring break:

  1. Hydration: The sun is finally starting to heat up our beautiful beaches. Many people plan on going to the beach to enjoy the warmer weather. It is important to remember to hydrate during the day, in order to keep your energy levels up and keep your body balanced. Hydrating is also important for your skin and overall health! Easy ways to hydrate include eating hydrating foods, such as watermelon and cucumber, and keeping a filled, reusable water bottle with you at all times. Usually just having the water bottle in your hands will remind you to drink more often.

  2. Protecting your Skin: Sunscreen is a necessity on beach days or long days outside. Whether you're spending the day at amusement parks, or hiking the trails on campus. it's vital to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. Even if the sun is behind clouds and it does not seem like you will get burned, the UV rays can reach you and leave your skin damaged or even burned. Although putting on sunscreen may be a hassle at times, it is the best method for preventing damage and skin cancer in the future. If sunscreen is not the best option for you, try other methods of protecting your skin by using an umbrella or wearing protective dark clothing.

  3. Healthy snacks: An easy trick for including healthy snacks in your daily routine, even over spring break-, is to prepare healthy options before you leave for the day. By simply washing and cutting fruits and vegetables beforehand, it is so easy to enjoy healthy snacks while you're out and about, anytime you feel hungry. Foods like banana, apples, cheese and crackers, celery, and carrots are convenient to carry and delicious on any vacation!

  4. Take an Actual Break: The end of the semester is right around the corner. Before projects and tests start to quickly bombard you, it is a good idea to take a mental and physical break over spring break. Take this week, or at the very least, part of this week, to rest. Think about your own well-being, and do things that make you feel at ease and happy! Everyone needs a break sometime, and this is a great, built-in break for you. Hang out with friends that you don’t get to see very often, go places that you have never been before, and sleep past noon because your next chance may be a while away.

Preparing is the best way to keep up with the healthy lifestyle choices that you have already implemented in your life. While on vacation or out of your normal routine, it can be very difficult to keep up with these habits. Hopefully, some of these tips and tricks can make it easier to remember your body’s needs over this break!

Stay Healthy Ospreys and Have a Wonderful Spring Break!

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