Everyone struggles to keep healthy on vacation. Holidays are meant to be a time to sit back and relax, not have to worry about the same things you do back home. Still, it’s very important to not entirely forget about your health while you’re kicking back on the beach and sipping on a cool drink. Seniors face many of the same challenges as everyone else, but they also have a few other special considerations that might affect them while on vacation. Considerations fall into two main categories: dietary and physical health. Hopefully, everyone wants to eat healthily, but it can be even more difficult for seniors with special dietary restrictions. Make sure to bring along your medications and vitamin supplements to keep up a healthy intake of nutrients. Similarly, if you maintain an active and fit lifestyle, you should continue to do so on vacation. Let’s take a look at a few ways to keep it up, and remember, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. You’ve earned a break from your everyday stresses, but don’t forget about your well-being completely!
Eat and drink healthily
Everyone needs to consume healthy foods and beverages, and you should be conscious of what you eat on a daily basis, but vacations tend to be full of great eats. Seniors are often especially wary of their diets because of conditions such as diabetes. If you suffer from diabetes or a similar condition with dietary restrictions, it’s imperative not to forget about it while relaxing on vacation. The good news is most modern resorts or vacation spots offer healthy eating alternatives. Remember, most resorts will allow you to have it your way. Don’t hesitate to ask the waiter or waitress if they can modify a dish to suit your dietary needs, chances are they have done it many times before. Also, be sensible. If you know you shouldn’t eat that slice of cheesecake for lunch, then don’t do it. There are other ways to enjoy your vacation!(Image by Gregory Wild-Smith)
It’s also very important to counter the heat by drinking plenty of water and eating small, light meals throughout the day. The recommended amount of water per day for most people is between two and three liters a day, more if you have lost water due to perspiration, which is often the case if you are in a tropical climate.
How do you maintain your physical well being back home? You might do some light cardio exercise like walking or aerobics. Many younger people complain about resorts lacking adequate fitness facilities, but chances are if you are over the age of 60 you aren’t worried too much about missing out on heavy lifting in the weight room. There should still be plenty of places to walk around, and it’s a great way to explore your new surroundings. However, if you do go for a walk, be sure not to over-do it. Wear light clothing and try to stay out of the sun as much as possible. Again, drink plenty of water. Remember that you don’t have to see everything that the country or city has to offer. Most people enjoy traveling at a leisurely pace. Also, if you are staying at a resort, it’s useful to check out what types of classes are offered. Water aerobics or yoga classes are quite common at tropical getaways, so see if any of these things are offered.
Medication and supplements
This is perhaps the most important part of staying healthy while on vacation. Seniors often require specialized healthcare, and its not always available across the globe. Talk with your doctor well before yourvacation to see what medication you need to stock up on before you leave. You’ll need your normal regimen, but what other things might you want? Often, foodborne illness is a serious concern for travelers of all ages. It can be especially harmful for seniors though, whose bodies might already be weakened from pre-existing conditions. What might begin as basic food poisoning could progress into a more serious condition. Luckily, doctors will usually prescribe broad-spectrum antibiotics that can be used if needed to combat illness. Furthermore, you should consult a travel clinic about any special vaccinations you may require. A trip to Florida should not need any, but subtropical destinations like the South Pacific or Central and South America probably require you to be up-to-date on all vaccines, and might even require you to get special ones you have never had before. Also, you should continue to take any vitamin supplements you already take. Be sure to bring enough with you though, as chances are the same medication you are used to buying at your local pharmacy will not be available in foreign countries.(Image by Scott W. Vincent)
Plan and research
No matter what your considerations are, you should adequately research your destination before finalizing any arrangements. This is especially important if you will require specialized healthcare while traveling. You might want to restrict your destinations to domestic resorts instead of international ones. This way, your insurance should still cover any expenses you incur. If you do choose to go abroad, be sure that you look into travel insurance. Most policies will need an extra add-on for travel, or you may want to look into a third-party travel insurance provider. Either way, be sure you are prepared. Hopefully, you will not need any medical reimbursement, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Also, check out what type of activities the resort offers, and see if they have any special ones for senior citizens. You could even select a special seniors’ vacation package if that’s what you’re after. It can be a great way to meet like-minded people and many resorts have numerous activities available as well as special dietary options for those who require it. No matter what, remember, this vacation is meant to be relaxing! Plan ahead to avoid stress while away, and you’ll have a wonderful time wherever you go!
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