While holidays can be great stress-relievers, the change from your normal routine and hours spent travelling can sometimes take a toll on your body. Here are some tips for surviving the sedentary hours to get to your dream location…
How can holidays or days out cause joint problems?
When you’re off relaxing or enjoying yourself at the beach or in the countryside, surely you’re looking after your health by taking time out?
While it’s true that getting away from the stresses and strains of everyday life to unwind and do something you enjoy can provide a welcome boost to your mental health and wellbeing, it’s the change in activities and habits that can result in your joints suffering. For example, being more active than you would be at home, carrying heavy luggage or heading off the beaten track to visit local attractions can all take their toll on your joints.
“Even the trip to and from your destination can be hazardous, as prolonged periods of sitting on a plane, car or bus, together with short bursts of lugging heavy bags or equipment can be a recipe for problems,” says AXA Health physiologist, Sarah Kemp.
Looking after your muscles, bones and joints when travelling
When you’re travelling on long journeys, do what you can to look after yourself by following our tips for avoiding back pain on long car journeys and our handy graphic below, which shows how to prevent or manage back pain while flying.