The days of international travel, packed beaches and large events haven’t quite returned yet, but that hasn’t stopped students and families from feeling optimistic about Spring Break this year. As COVID-19 infection rates continue to decline and more of the population is vaccinated, many are looking for safe ways to resume popular Spring activities like sports, off-the-beaten path travel and outdoor recreation.
Whether you’re gearing up for a vacation or a staycation, keep the following tips in mind for a safe and healthy Spring Break:
Ease back into shape for Spring sports
After almost a year spent indoors, it’s no surprise that many of us are feeling a bit out of shape. To prevent strains, sprains and other injuries when Spring sports resume, avoid pushing yourself too hard too soon. Get your body back into an active routine by adding regular workouts to your schedule, and gradually increase your endurance by working towards realistic goals and milestones. If you have any aches and pains or need an X-ray, get checked out before you resume training to avoid further injury or irritation. Spring Break is also a great opportunity to stop by WellNow for a sports physical if one is required by your high school, college or athletic department.
Need a COVID-19 test?
Whether you need a COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test for travel, to safely visit with friends or family to members, or just for peace of mind, walk in to your nearest WellNow or schedule a visit online within 72 hours of your departure flight, or as close to the start of your planned activity as possible. Check state, local and CDC testing and quarantine requirements for your home and destination cities and review all airline and hotel policies to determine if you are required to present proof of a negative test result. The best way to protect yourself and others against the spread of COVID-19 is to continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing and get vaccinated when you are eligible.
Spring Cleaning for your Health
If you have time off from work or school this Spring Break, take the opportunity to relax and focus on your physical and mental health and wellness. Good habits like getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet may have taken a back seat for you during the pandemic, but Spring is the perfect time to reset and recharge. Beyond making adjustments to your everyday habits, it’s also important to be proactive about your health. If something has been bothering you, or it’s been a while since you had a physical, don’t wait any longer to get checked out. If you don’t want to wait for an appointment, you can walk into your nearest WellNow Urgent Care center or start a telehealth visit to receive same-day care.
Plan for the unexpected
Illnesses and injuries never show up at a convenient time, so be prepared for anything that might go wrong this Spring Break, from cuts and scrapes to food poisoning. Whether you’re at home or on the road, keep your first aid kit stocked with bandages and other over-the-counter essentials. If you’re away from home, map out the location of the nearest emergency room and urgent care center. If you need to speak with a provider right away, you can start a telehealth visit from anywhere, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and receive instant care.