Spring Break, a week long drinking session, puts a ton of stress on your body. That is why it’s important to be as healthy as possible during this time. Especially if you plan on drinking everyday for seven days in a row.
Drinking as much as most college students do during Spring Break is not advised, but if you choose to participate in some heavy drinking, then here are some general guidelines on staying semi-healthy while you punish your liver. By sticking close to these guidelines, you hopefully won’t completely destroy your body and turn it into a mush of alcohol and sun-burnt skin.
1. Eat Right
Having a well balanced diet is important every day of the year, but it become increasingly more important when you are shoving alcoholic beverages down your throat.
The easiest way to eat healthy on Spring Break is to stock up on things like fruits, vegetables, grains, and other health foods. By doing this, you will always have some nutritious items on tap, and will be able to avoid trips to fast food restaurants. Speaking of fast food , try to avoid it at all costs during Spring Break. The alcohol is adding enough empty calories and useless junk to your diet.
Also, be sure you are eating at least three meals a day. It’s a pretty easy mistake to skip a meal when you are laying on the beach all day. A good way to prevent this from occurring, is to bring along a sandwich or two and stuff it in your beer cooler. It’s also a good idea to throw some oranges and other fruits in the cooler as well for a quick snack on the beach.
2. Guzzle Water
A cup of water should become your new best friend. Always have one by your side. When you are not sipping on a Mai Tai, be sure to be chugging glasses of water. Even between drinks, you should have a glass of water.
Your body is going to become very dehydrated from all of the alcohol you are consuming, so it is very important to refuel yourself with water. As tempting as it is to start your morning with a Mojito, it is important to get a few glasses of water into your stomach before the day of drinking begins.
3. Rest Up
Chances are, you are going to be staying up until at least 3 am, and then hitting the beach by 10 am. If this is the case, you are probably still going to be pretty run down from the night before. The beach is the perfect place to grab a few sleeps and recover from the night prior. (Nap on the beach with caution! Beach-napping has been known to cause bone-scorching sunburn).
4. Do Something Physical
Although the beach is often viewed as a place to be lazy, it is the perfect place to be active and have fun. You have so many options at your fingertips. Kayaking, swimming, beach-running, football, the list goes on and on. You should try to get a little exercise every day while you are at the beach. If you’re not too hung-over, the morning is the perfect time to take a quick run down the beach.
5. Listen to Your Body
You know your body better than anyone else, so listen to it. If you are feeling really bad one day, maybe skip a day of drinking and sleep a little longer to recover. Just because your friend can handle drinking from 11 am until 3 am doesn’t mean your own body can handle it.