Your vacation – it’s your time to unwind, relax and recharge. But one problem with vacations is that danger never takes a holiday!
While we see safety messages at work every day, not all of us remember these messages when we go from our workplace to our fun place.
‘Holiday brain’ can obliterate all of our usually careful and thoughtful actions. Common sense falls by the wayside for a ‘let’s get the party started’ mentality.
Stay healthy, active and injury-free on your vacation with a few simple tips:
Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. Such a cliché but so true. No matter where you go, there’s bound to be some walking involved and you should always be prepared to walk. Sandals and flip flops can lead to painful blisters and cuts to the feet. Take along an extra pair of socks to refresh your feet after a few hours. Also, watch where you walk to avoid tripping.
If you’ve been walking all day, stretch at the end of the day. Gently stretching your muscles from head to toe can reduce stiffness the next day. Check the internet for quick stretching exercises.
Use a light backpack for your adventures. It will balance weight on your back rather than stress your shoulders. Purses, cameras and phones can all be tucked away leaving you comfortable and hands free (which is useful if you trip).
Protect your skin. A sunburn is painful and can ruin your vacation. Wear sunscreen (SPF 40+) even if you think you don’t need it. Pack a hat and remember the bug spray too.
Don’t overexert yourself! Ask for help when lifting, loading or carrying heavy objects. Try to keep your physical activity about the same as at home. Resist the urge to cycle to the top of the volcano if you don’t ride at home.
Much like your ordinary, everyday life, your vacation motto should be ‘everything in moderation’.
Just remember to throw a few more yahoos and yeehaws into the mix.
(One final note from the writer who missed 4 days of work on her return from vacation: Don’t overload your suitcase and yank it down a flight of stairs which can result in
nerve damage to the hip and leg. It’s an extremely unpleasant way to end a holiday!).