Tips for Staying Fit while Traveling – Dr. Shannon Silva, DC
Its summer and at the front of most people’s minds is one thing – VACATION! Staying fit while traveling requires special thought and too often we find that we return from our play at las playas needing a vacation from our vacation! Sitting for multiple hours in a plane or car can wreak havoc on the body. Stiff joints and sore muscles are just a few of the potential risks we face while traveling.
Dr. Shannon Silva, DC, shares some tips for maintaining good health while traveling:
TIP #1: Stay Hydrated and Dress Comfortably – Clothes that are too tight can restrict blood vessels and decrease blood flow. When flying, humidity levels drop, and the air can become dry. This loss of hydration can make the blood become concentrated and can cause a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in some people. Replace lost moisture in your body by drinking plenty of water.
TIP #2: Take Breaks – Traveling often means sitting for hours on end in a single position. Sitting can put strain on your back and cause blood flow to slow down. Promote blood flow to your legs and extremities by taking breaks, walking around, or performing short, exercises while in your chair. (Please don’t do these if you’re the one driving! Pull over and get some fresh air!)
- Ankle Circles
- Foot Pumps,
- Knee Lifts and Knee to Chest Lifts
- Shoulder Circles
Tip #3: Don’t Re-invent the Wheel, USE IT! – If you’re like me, you pack everything but the kitchen sink! Carrying, lifting, and moving heavy luggage can strain your neck, shoulders, back and knees. Use luggage with wheels that let you roll rather than carry your things. Pack light if you can, but if you have to pack those extra clothes and shoes “just in case,” please check your bag or make sure you lift with your legs while storing it in your car!
Tip #4: Give Your Immune System a Boost – Keeping your immune system is of paramount importance while traveling. Make sure you pack ahead of time to decrease anxiety and try to get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before traveling. Vitamin C can help give you an added edge to stay healthy. Remember to visit your chiropractor before and after your vacation! Maintaining a healthy spine is one of the best ways to ensure your body stays functioning properly!
Tip #5: Special Travelers – If you have heart or lung disease, or if you are pregnant, check with your doctor before traveling long distances. The high altitude reached while flying in a plane can affect circulation and breathing. Wearing compression stockings and walking often can help prevent blood clotting.
Above all, have fun, stay safe and enjoy your vacation! You deserve it!