For most college students, spring break is a time to hang up your winter coat, trade in your snow boots for flip-flops and take a fun trip to a warmer destination. To make the most out of your spring break adventures this year, be sure to follow these tips on staying healthy while having fun in the sun!
- Wear Sunscreen- Sure, everyone likes to come home with a nice tan, but is it worth all the dangerous UV rays and sunburn it takes to get there? Exposing your skin to the sun for 15-20 minutes a day is a great way to get some Vitamin D, but after that, make sure you lather up. The UV rays from the sun in warmer destinations may be stronger than those you are used to at home or school. Sunscreens with SPF 30 or above, instead of tanning oils with low SPFs, will help you avoid sunburn and get a longer lasting tan. Don’t forget to reapply as directed!
- Stay Hydrated and Remember to Eat- Sunny days filled with lots of activity can leave you thirsty and hungry. Keep track of your spending money and try to squeeze in a nourishing breakfast or big lunch with your friends in between all of the fun! Drink water with every meal and throughout the day to help you stay hydrated. Keep in mind that drinking alcoholic beverages will leave you more prone to dehydration.
- Sleep!- Finding time to rest on spring break can be difficult, but making sure you get enough sleep before and during the trip will help you enjoy your time off from school. When you’re feeling tired, snooze by the pool or take a break from the sun with a nap. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!
Lizzie McManus is a first year graduate student at Drexel University pursuing her M.S. in Human Nutrition. She plans to become a registered dietitian specializing in plant-based and whole foods nutrition.
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