To Your Health: Winter getaway? Plan an active vacation
BY THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY February 18, 2014 10:54AM
The American Cancer Society recommends planning for an active vacation, such as by including skiing, if you are going on a winter getaway. | File photo
Updated: February 19, 2014 2:21AM
Getting away from it all on a winter vacation doesn’t have to mean getting away from living an active lifestyle.
Think about planning an active vacation: It could be a chance to explore a new interest or hobby and might end up taking you to places you never thought possible.
The great outdoors offers many options. Try planning your vacation around a specific activity or choosing a spot and exploring activities nearby.
Headed toward the mountains? Skiing, climbing and hiking are great ways to spend time in nature and get a lot of exercise. If you’ll be near water, try canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving or snorkeling.
City destinations also can offer ways to stay active beyond the hotel gym. If possible, try to stay in an area that’s easily walkable. Consider renting bicycles or signing up for a walking tour of the city.
No matter what activity you choose, be sure that you have the proper equipment and training, and work with reputable outfitters and guides to stay safe. Having a guide to help you through an unfamiliar area can also ensure you’re getting the most out of the experience.
You can find adventures appropriate for any experience level, but if you plan to tackle some of the more physically demanding activities, be sure you’re up to the challenge before you go.
Check with your doctor about your plans if you have health concerns, and with your health insurance company to be sure you are covered, especially if you are traveling internationally.
Even though you’re on vacation, don’t forget to eat right, drink plenty of water, and protect your skin from too much sun exposure — you can get a sunburn even in winter.
Taking an active vacation is just one way of fitting fitness into your life, but remember that regular physical activity can significantly lower your lifetime risk for cancer.