Summer travel! It’s that time of year to visit relatives, journey to beaches and other exciting new places, all while dashing to make your flight on time, and feasting on airport food.
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So, is there any way to travel while keeping things tight, right…and healthy?
Experts agree that the below tips are great ways to burn calories and stay active and healthy while traveling during the summer travel season.
1. Check-In With Your Doctor
It is always a good idea to check with your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough to travel and make sure that all immunizations are up to date for your destination. If you take medications make sure that all prescriptions are current and that you have enough medication to make it through your trip.
2. Move Around Frequently
Stiff muscles, sore joints, and potentially more serious health concerns may result from remaining stationary during long trips. When flying, make sure to get up, stretch, and move around frequently when it is safe to do so. Avoid sitting with your legs crossed for extended periods of time and change positions every once in awhile.
If you are driving, try to stop at numerous visitor centers, rest areas, and other safe places along your route. When you pull over for a break, make an effort to do a full series of stretches, especially focusing on the arms, back and legs, as these areas can fatigue quickly while driving.
3. Wash Your Hands
You will undoubtedly come into contact with germs as you pass through public travel spaces. Restrooms, railings on escalators, even the tray tables on aircrafts and trains can contain bacteria. Make sure to reduce your risk of illness by washing your hands frequently with soap and water or by using a hand sanitizing gel.
4. Stay Hydrated
The dry air in airports, cars and trains can cause a variety of mild health issues, ranging from dry skin to bloody noses to chapped lips. Even headaches can be brought on by dehydration and dry travel environments.
Bringing a moisturizing lip balm can help reduce chapped cracked lips and a saline spray can help soothe painful dry nasal passages. In addition, carrying hand lotion and facial moisturizer can help with dry skin symptoms. However, the best method to combat dehydration is to drink plenty of fluids consistently throughout your journey.
5. Lift Luggage Correctly
Lifting heavy luggage can be a pain in the neck, but it can also be a pain in the back. With the frenzy of holiday travel, it can be easy to forget to use proper lifting techniques when putting luggage into the car and removing it off of the baggage claim belt.
Pack each bag only to the point where you can carry it comfortably. When lifting your bags, make sure to lift with your legs, keeping your back straight to help reduce the risk of muscle strains. In addition, avoid twisting while carrying your luggage, and try to carry your bags with both hands to avoid putting strain on one side of the body.
6. Explore Your Surroundings
Walk off those extra calories and save money, too. Many hotels and cities around the world also offer free, locally-guided walking tours or courtesy bicycles for guests and tourists that combine sightseeing and a workout in the same activity. Be sure to ask around or check with your hotel to find out what’s available when you arrive.
7. Bring Your Gym With You
Pack workout bands to use in your room or flight cabin – they can even be useful after a long flight to stretch out. Or, have a particular kickboxing or Pilates routine memorized so that you can easily perform your own personal fitness class session. In addition, check with your local gym to see if there are locations near to where you’ll be traveling to – most gyms will allow their traveling members to enjoy their facilities.
8. There’s Probably An App For That
Use your Smartphone, MP3 player or tablet device as a personal trainer by downloading apps with stretching or walking exercises, or even 15-minute workouts like iMapMyRUN, to FitnessClass for iPad, to Authentic Yoga with Deepak Chopra – inspiring beats and tech-savvy workouts will help you keep pep in your step, and further enjoy your surroundings with freshly released endorphins.
9. Be Adventurous
Some people think active vacations are just for adrenaline junkies, but thrill seeking doesn’t have to mean a big physical commitment or giving up luxury. Put on your running shoes and explore the area with a nice jog or brisk walk, or take in nature’s beauty while biking or hiking.