For those who exercise regularly, traveling can disturb your regular routine, and your body will notice. Hours on a cramped airplane or bus can put a lot of strain on a body, which is why the first thing most people do after a long flight is stretch.
There are ways to combat the tightening of muscles and lack of exercise caused by traveling. These tricks are often used by athletes, who spend a lot of time traveling, but need to keep their bodies in the best of shape even when pulled from their regular workout routine.
1. Wear Compression Socks
This may seem like a task for only the committed athlete, but wearing compression socks can benefit just about anyone who is sitting down for long periods of time. Compression socks encourage blood flow to the heart and prevent blood from pooling in the feet during times of inactivity. This will help prevent the soreness that often occurs after sitting for a long duration of time.
2. Sit Up Straight
While it may be tempting to become relaxed and lose your posture on a long flight, sitting up straight is what is best for your body. Slouching puts even more pressure on your back and legs, which are the body parts most stressed by excessive sitting.
3. Move Around as Much as Possible
Even if those complimentary ginger ales haven’t brought you to use the bathroom yet, it is still a good idea to get out of your seat periodically while on a long trip. Stretching and moving will help increase the blood flow in your body.
Use the time between flights to walk around, instead of sitting stationary in the waiting area. Make sure to stretch out your muscles, even if that just includes some lunges in a bathroom stall (if you’re self-conscious about stretching in the airport).
Getting exercise right after reaching your destination is important. Hitting up the hotel gym or swimming pool, going for a walk or run—whatever type of activity you can feasibly achieve—will help prevent muscle tension. Scheduling workout breaks for your trip ahead of time will help you stick to a schedule that isn’t the same routine as the one at home.
4. Drink Water
The air within airplanes hasnotably less moisture than the air on the ground. Dehydration can do damage to your body, so drinking lots of fluids will help keep your body feeling energized. Avoid drinking alcohol or eating salty or sugary foods, as this will cause even more dehydration.
5. Eat Well
Often, people who are traveling will hit up fast food restaurants because it’s convenient. But they may not be realizing the damage it is doing to the body—especially to a fatigued one, or one that is not used to a diet high in trans-fat. Try to continue eating healthy even when it is less convenient, and your body will thank you. Consider packing your own trail mix or other low-calorie meal replacement for the airplane, rather than snacking on cookies.
It can be tempting to shed a regular gym routine and indulge in high-calorie food when one is traveling. However, getting out of your regular schedule can make it more difficult to get back. Your body will most likely be tired from all of the traveling, so keeping away as much stress as you can will lead to a better trip.
Here at Beechwood Hotel in Worcester, MA, we have a fitness center and jogging track to help our guests stay active during their stay. Whether you are traveling for pleasure or business, we want to be able to help you stay feeling your best. Contact us and book a reservation today.
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