With the holiday season upon us, connecting with family and friends is oftentimes at the top of everyone’s Christmas list.
Whether you are traveling by plane, train, or car, you may be stuck in a small space for long periods of time.
The Stress of Traveling
When you are restricted for long periods, the body can endure a great deal of stress. If you don’t properly prepare for long-distance travel, pain and discomfort will be imminent, and the holiday season is not a place where one has time to slow down.
As the body remains stagnant for long periods, stiffness and aches and pains, as well as blood clots can occur. Before traveling long distances, engage in a light exercise regime to avoid facing discomfort on your trip. Our Atlanta orthopedic doctors believe these tips may help make your voyage much more enjoyable.
Avoid Pain, Enjoy Yourself
Legs are critical. To reduce swelling, fatigue, and clotting, exercise the legs while in the car. To do this, open the toes as wide as possible and then count to 10. This will release tension while sitting and should be done three times for every half hour you are in the car.
It may seem silly; however, working the glutes can help to decrease cramping and improve circulation. First, tighten the calf muscles and then the thighs followed by the glutes.
Although it may extend your trip, taking frequent pit stops can save you from unwanted pain and discomfort. When you stop, either take a walk or stand up and stretch to loosen up your muscles. Cross your arms, touch your toes, and stretch out your neck to ensure that your travel endeavors will be nothing short of enjoyable.
If your voyage requires you to take a bus or train, stretch in place or take a walk down the aisles to give your legs a chance to stretch out. If walking down the aisle is not an option, standing in place and stretching for a few minutes can prevent a painful and uncomfortable trip. If you are diligent about their workout regime while vacationing, you can keep on track with some modifications.
Although you may be hardcore at the gym, while traveling, you may not have access to all the equipment or even space that you are accustomed to. So, stick to the basics. A small space is all you need to perform a quick cardio workout, or if in need of some resistance, a resistance band can go along way. When packing exercise gear, pack light but bring equipment that will challenge you all while being conscious of space restrictions.
When visiting family, venture out and take a walk around town and take in the sights all while getting your heart pumping. If you are looking for a bigger challenge, try going for a run!
Contact AICA For Help and Support
Traveling can be the worst part of the holiday season, but with these tips, your travel can be far more enjoyable. If your holiday travels leaves you with pain and discomfort, our compassionate Atlanta orthopedic doctors at AICA Orthopedics can provide you with the relief you deserve. Dial (404) 855-2141 to schedule an appointment today!