Explore How Travel Affects Your Health

Whether you’re in your 40s and travelling for business, or going on a holiday with the whole family in your 50s and 60s, travel is always going to be an important part of your life.

But travel also comes with its own set of challenges. From simple issues like muscle cramps to long-term stress-related ailments, your travel plans and wellbeing could be at risk even before you board the plane.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should never travel again. By understanding the challenges you could be facing and knowing how to stay healthy when you’re heading abroad, your travel plans could go off without a hitch.

The Challenges of Travelling

The most obvious issue you will face would be muscle cramps. No matter how spacious your seats, you will still find yourself spending the majority of your trip in, more or less, one position. While this may not be so bad for shorter flights, the longer trips could play havoc on your joints and muscles.

Stress is another common challenge when it comes to travel. The planning, possible flight cancellations, inconsiderate fellow passengers, taking care of the family and so many other factors could easily contribute to a stressful trip. This could temporarily raise your blood pressure and cause muscle pains.

A challenge that’s commonly overlooked is how travel disrupts your routine. Having a fully planned out daily schedule helps to fight against cognitive problems. It keeps you alert and is absolutely essential when it comes to daily activities like exercise and taking your medication regularly. Going on a holiday or a business trip is enough to mess with your schedule, but travelling to another time zone only serves to make matters worse.

Staying Healthy Away From Home

Muscle cramps are the easiest of the problems to counter. Because they are caused by sitting in one position for long stretches of time, the solution is obvious – move around! Regularly get up and out of your seat to walk up and down the aisles, and stretch your back, arms and legs. When you’re finally in your hotel room or back home, be sure to take a warm bath or shower to increase blood flow to your muscles.

When it comes to stress, the simplest solution is just learning to relax and accept that there will be problems throughout the trip. There’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to taking it easy, but maintaining a positive attitude will go a long way to keeping you calm. And most importantly, if you’re going on a holiday, remember that the whole point of the trip is to enjoy yourself!

There is a silver lining to the disruption of your usual daily routine – creating a new routine just for your holiday! This change of pace offers your mind a chance to stay active in a different way, as you adapt to this temporary new schedule. It will take some getting used to, but you could set alarms on your phone or get your family and friends to remind you when to take your medication or get some exercise.

Travelling in these years of your life may bring their own set of challenges – but they are easily taken care. So, the next time you’re going on a business trip or a vacation with the family, remember these simple suggestions and you’ll be sure to enjoy yourself, no matter where your travels may take you.


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