Healthy Holiday Tips – Part Two – Travel

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Read on for our second installment of healthy holiday tips to keep you on track during the busiest season of the year!

Many of us will travel during the holiday season. Sitting in cramped quarters in airplanes, cars or trains for long periods of time can cause muscle aches and pains.  Eating airport food or fast food on the go can cause digestive distress.  How do you avoid this when traveling?

TREAT ‘TRAVEL’ AS AN ATHLETIC EVENT

Before you embark on your sporting activities, athletic events or weekend warrior games, you typically prepare.  You wear the right shoes and athletic wear, you bring bottled water, possibly power bars. You also may eat well the night before or in the morning.  Travel needs to be viewed the same way. Sitting can wreak havoc on our bodies, and eating on the go can wreak havoc on our digestive system, so plan ahead and follow these strategies:

In the Car

  • Pack healthy snacks that can travel well.
  • Bring a small cooler with cool veggies that you can munch on like carrots, sugar snap peas, apples and bananas.
  • Always pack water.
  • Position your seat as close as comfortably possible to the steering wheel.
  • Move your legs around, stretch your back and neck from side to side every so often while driving.
  • Take breaks to get out and stretch your legs, breathe in fresh air and stand up.
  • Tighten and loosen your grip on the steering wheel in order to promote circulation in the arms and hands.

In an Airplane: 

  • Eat a well-balanced healthy meal before leaving for the airport, no matter what time of day it is.
  • Pack healthy snacks that can travel well.
  • Bring water.
  • Use rolled up blankets or a pillow to place behind your lower back to keep the natural curve of your spine.
  • Position the air vents so that they do not blow directly on you.  The draft can increase tension in your neck and shoulder muscles.
  • Get up occasionally, even if it annoys your seat partners- this is essential for keeping muscles from fatiguing by being in one position.

The HAWCC Team wishes you a healthy and happy holiday season!

 

Did you miss part one of our healthy holiday tips? Read it here!

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