Travel stress is a feeling of mental strain and pressure related to travelling. Most people travel to release stress but for some travel could induce travel stress. This can put one in some pretty rough positions and likely to take a toll on the body. Uncomfortable issues like stiff neck or muscles, achy shoulders, tight calves, back ache and sore feet. However, exercising before or after a long flight or traffic jams can go a long way in keeping the aches and pains of travel at bay and helps you arrive at your destination in top form.
Preparing for your pre-travel workout perhaps includes just a few simple moves and stretches to prep your body for the trials of trotting. Spending just half an hour can get your heart rate up and rejuvenated before your trip begins, well notwithstanding the baggage weight or the duration of your fasten seatbelt sign!
So how do you overcome the complications from travelling?
Here are some easy ways to take care of your body from the shoulders getting sore from carrying heavy bags, blood clots on your legs, your hips tightening from remaining seated for hours together, leg or foot swelling due to sitting or your feet throbbing from endless hours of walking? Below are the ways how you can let travel not impact your health.
Making your travel experience healthier and safer is simple and vital. Do not neglect proper hydration, a pre-travel workout, alongside some movement on the way. Keep the blood circulation going and reduce the swelling with strength and resistance exercises that stretch you out from head to toe make for an effective workout to keep you comfortable en route.
- The ideal pre-flight exercises include squats, reverse lunges, planks, and push-ups. These moves will also help prep your body for a long road trip by limbering up the areas of your body that are most likely to stiffen up while you’re seated.
- Some yoga exercises can open up your hips and increase your shoulder mobility. In the minutes leading up to your departure, keep moving because you are about to spend hours in a sedentary position. Walk around as much as you can in the airport instead of remaining seated.
- Jumping Jack- Jumping gives our heart rate a boost and gets the blood flowing. Stand with your feet together, core engaged, and hands at sides. Jump your feet wider than
- Hip-width apart, and bring arms up to clap hands overhead. Jump your feet back together and bring your arms to your sides to return to starting position. Do as many reps as you can in a minute.
- Inchworm Exercise- When time crunched, the mor while stretching out the back of our legs. Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart and arms at your sides. Bend at your waist and place your hands on the floor. Walk your hands forward to come into a high floorboard with your hands flat and wrists stacked under your shoulders, and your core, quads, and butt engaged. Pause for a second. Walk your hands back to your feet and stand to return. Do 5-8 reps.
- Child’s Pose – Kneel on your mat with your knees wider than hip-width distant and your feet collected behind you. Sit back on your heels and fold forward, resting your belly on your thighs. Extend your arms out in front of you and rest your forehead on the floor. Feel the stretch in your shoulders and back, alongside your hips and glutes. Hold for about 40 seconds. To deepen the stretch in your back, try turning your palms face-up tilted.
Physical Trainer, Akansha Sen says, “Before a long haul flight or road trip you can try some pre-travel exercises or stretches to help you sail through the journey like a jet setter or a road warrior. For being a smart traveller do a few yoga movements. Do neck exercises, drop your right ear to your right shoulder as much you can, using the weight of your head gently roll your head around the front and thereafter to the left. Hold for a few seconds and then release. Next you can try the walk your dog pose, downward facing dog is a good pose for stretching your calves, further reducing your back-pain when travelling. You may also try foot stretch, stretch your toes out by tucking them under and sitting back on your heels. You can sit in butterfly pose, sit up tall, bring the soles of your feet together and allow your knees to drop towards the floor almost forming a hexagon shape, bringing your heels closer to your hips. And finally try some low lunges.”