9 Tips for Travelling Without Aches and Pain

Travel broadens your horizons. Extravagant vacations or a little sightseeing squeezed into a business trip can make life more enjoyable and meaningful. You have an opportunity to learn about other cultures and break out of your usual routine as you adapt to life on the road.

However, there is a downside. In addition to lost luggage and noisy hotel rooms, you may be plagued by aches and pains from all those hours of sitting in planes, trains, and automobiles. Check out these tips for protecting your health while you see the world.

Change Positions

Sitting still is stressful and can even cause blood clots in your legs. Try to stand up and move around at least once an hour, even if it's just to walk to the bathroom.

Support Feet and Back

Pop a rolled up blanket or sweater behind the curve in your lower back. Rest your feet on a level firm surface to relive back strain.

Stretch Out

Do simple stretches. Scoop your abdominal muscles, lean your head to one side at a time, and roll your ankles and wrists. If you can stand up, do a deep forward bend.

Extra Time

The aches in your body may start in your mind when you're anxious about catching a connecting flight. Budgeting an extra hour could pay off.

Pack Light

Keeping your luggage to a minimum means less lifting and greater mobility. Ask yourself how many skincare products you really need for a two day trip. Work out an outfit for every day of your trip in advance and lie them on the bed before packing.

Expect Delays

Make sure you are dressed comfortably, have snacks and water with you and ability to freshen up if you are delayed.

Take a Walk

A gentle walk around will stimulate your blood flow and give you more energy.

Lift Items Carefully

It's safer to lift heavy items in stages. Put your bag on your seat before raising it overhead. Engage your legs and core rather than straining your back.

Treat Pain Promptly

Act fast if you notice a blister on your foot, muscle soreness, back tension, neck pain or a headache. Remember to breath and drink water for de-hydration.

You can travel in more comfort with these simple tips. A few new habits may be all you need to stay fit while you journey far and wide.

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