With that in mind, here are some tips for keeping you and your companions healthy and happy during your summertime travels.
If you’re driving to your destination, give some of these a try:
- Adjust the seat so you are as close to the steering wheel as comfortably possible.
- Consider a back support. Using a support behind your back may reduce the risk of low-back strain, pain or injury.
- Exercise your legs while driving to reduce the risk of any swelling, fatigue or discomfort. The American Chiropractic Association
suggests opening your toes as wide as you can, and counting to 10. They also suggest that you count to five while you tighten your calf muscles, then your thigh muscles, then your gluteal muscles. Roll your shoulders forward and back, making sure to keep your hands on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road.
If you’re travelling by airplane, try some of these simple suggestions:
- Check all bags heavier than 5-10 percent of your body weight. Overhead lifting of any significant amount of weight should be avoided to reduce the risk of pain in the lower back or neck.
- When stowing belongings under the seat, do not force the object with an awkward motion. Instead, sit in your seat first, and using your hands and feet, gently guide your bags under the seat directly in front of you.
- While seated, occasionally change your position to improve circulation and avoid leg cramps. Massage legs and calves.
- Try not to sit directly under the air controls because the draft can increase tension in your neck and shoulder muscles.