‘Tis the season for traveling! It’s that time of year for frequent travel to visit family and friends for the holidays. By car or by plane, extended travel can do a number on your body. Aside from fatigue, muscle stiffness can be one of the most common side effects of sitting still for long periods of time. Prolonged slouching, a likely position during travel, can also have harmful impacts on your spine. Before you pack your bags and hit the road, consider a few of the following ways to protect yourself in transit.
Get Moving - When you’re pressed for time, or crammed in an airplane, it can be easy to forget the magic of movement during travel. Taking even just a few minutes to stand or walk around can help to stimulate circulation and prevent stiffness. Whether you’re driving or flying, aim to take 3-5 minutes out of your seat at least every two hours.
Pack A Pillow - Having light support for your neck or back can help to prevent compression and stress on your spine. Pack a small pillow or neck wrap, especially on long trips to promote healthy posture and comfort.
Stretch - Frequent stretching during travel will help to stimulate muscles and ease tension. Stretching can also be a great way to incorporate subtle movement throughout your trip, in between standing breaks. Getting a good stretch on a plane or in the car can be easy, and doesn’t have to be intrusive to your neighbor. Try sitting straight with your feet flat on the floor and hands on your lap. With an inhale, arch your back, pulling your shoulder blades in together and chest out. On an exhale, tilt your head down and roll your shoulders forward, pulling into your chest. You should feel a slight release in your neck and shoulders. (Note: You should avoid heavy stretching while driving. Opt to take a break at a rest stop or alternate drivers if possible before executing).
Hydrate - Staying hydrated will not only keep your energy and focus sustained during travel, but will aid in preventing dry skin or eyes. Muscle stiffness can also be prevented with healthy hydration. Take advantage of refreshments offered on your flight or be sure to bring a water bottle along for the ride.
Why stretching works.
Most health conscious people do stretching usually after getting off from bed in the morning. Stretching usually goes along with yawning. This is a fresh start towards a healthy muscle. But why stretching really works?
Stretching is also a form of exercise. It can be done daily or as part of your healthy routine. Various stretching exercises are enough to aid physical injuries. However, it should be done properly. There should be a guide to proper stretching to make it work and gain good effects to the body. Stretching works to those who have full knowledge in its proper application because it can be dangerous when performed incorrectly. It might be as simple as extending both arms wide after waking up but it is, indeed, requiring a heavy inquiry.
Everyone knows stretching. Even a baby stretches when yawning. It is part of every day’s measure to physical fitness whether you are exercising or not. You could also do stretching after a workout for quicker recovery. It feels good, actually, because a workout usually results to tired body.
Stretching works to the body where there is muscle tightness. You don’t have to stretch your overall body, focus on that part instead. And for the muscles to be flexible enough, stretching properly on a daily basis could greatly help. It also increases blood and nutrient supply to the muscles which can reduce muscle discomfort.
Do you know that stretching can improve your proper posture? Poor posture is not pleasant to look at and stretching can effectively reduce aches and pains in different parts of the body. It can also help the mind for revitalization because it gives off physical and mental tension.
By having innumerable benefits, stretching is truly essential and must be part of one’s healthy habits. This could, by far, an encouragement to do such thing the appropriate way along with daily exercises.
We experience a lot of changes as we get older. For those who are planning to work until their retirement age will definitely have to keep up with a lot of things. We will move slower, eat lesser, we will become a bit physically inactive and the hardest part is we will forget a lot of things! It’s unavoidable and pretty hard to accept. It is possible for us to retain a pretty good memory even as we age. We must remember that being forgetful plus old age can put our job on the line.
Get enough sleep as much as you can. We can’t deny that there are days that we really have to stay late to beat a deadline or to attend work-related occasions. If we constantly deprive ourselves with sleep, the tendency is our brain will not function in its full capacity.
Eat a lot of fruit and vegetables. The most common quality in this type of food is what we call “antioxidants”. Antioxidants protect our brain from free radicals which cause damage to our brain.
Don’t clog up your circulation with fats and plaques. This will decrease the blood flow to your brain and will result to cognitive impairment.
Lastly, wine has been proven to help improve memory and cognition. But take note that wine should be taken in moderation. A glass for women and 2 glasses for men daily is perfect. Because of its vasodilating capabilities and with its resrsevatrol contents, wine increases blood supply to our brain thus preventing the most common disease related to old age, Alzheimer’s.
If you think you need help from a health professional, trust your instinct. Wellness and prevention is better that cure.