Staying healthy and stress-free on vacation

2:07 PM, Jul 19, 2010   |    comments
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Vacations are supposed to be relaxing, but they can also take a toll on your body, especially when you try to pack to much into your trip. Sleep problems can be the biggest form of stress.

So we went to Dr. Denise Edwards, chief resident of internal medicine at USF to get the three top tips to stay health on vacation.

1. Avoid exhaustion.

Dr. Edwards says, "Be as well rested as you can prior to your trip. Stay hydrated -- that actually helps with your sleep -- and try to be on the local time schedule as quickly as you can.

2. Avoid back pain

Many people don't like to check their bags, but Dr. Edwards says, "So many people think checking will add so much time, but the physical stress of carrying a bag on the plane and lifting it to the overhead compartment can put a lot of stress on your back."

3. Avoid weight gain

"I think people get into the whole vacation mode when it comes to eating and think, 'I can abandon my healthy eating and eat better when come back.'"

Dr. Edwards say indulge and enjoy... just don't overdo it. Pick and choose when you will indulge and then other meals eat healthy like you normally would.

The bottom line is you don't want to come back from your vacation more tired and stressed.

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