Traveling With Your Spine In Mind
There are multiple ways we can put stress on our bodies when we are getting ready for a great trip or vacation. Here are some areas to look out for, and what you can do to avoid potential problems.
Carrying & lifting:
A number of injuries when traveling occur when lifting and/or carrying is involved. Bags need to be moved around (overhead, under seats) and they often get heavier with souvenirs as we move through the places we visit. Try to get rolling luggage whenever possible. Pack lighter and split items into smaller bags that are more easily lifted and stored. Consider using backpacks that distribute weight more evenly along the back instead of shoulder bags that put unbalanced pressure on the body. Use proper lifting technique whenever lifting bags to store. If you have neck/back problems think about checking your bag or asking for help.
Staying in a cramped space for long periods of time is not idea and can put a burden on your body (especially the low back). Try to get up and move around as much as possible. This will keep the blood flowing and help keep muscles from becoming tight. Change the position you are in regularly to avoid too much stress being placed on one part of the body for too long. There are plenty of seated stretches you can do to target muscles that have a tendency to become tight.
Try to get in the proper ergonomic seated position for your body type. You may need to use lumbar supports, seat wedges, and neck pillows. Be sure they do not put you in a bad position that strains the muscles of the neck and back.
Planning a trip can be fun, and stressful. Be sure to take your time. There are bound to be unforeseen problems during the trip. Try to make a plan of how to deal with problems before they arrive. Use deep breathing techniques, and have a “plan of relaxation” for any bumps in the road. Don’t forget your vitamins and supplements!
Proper Sitting Position
Daily Nutrition with Supplements
Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.
Westways “Avoiding a pain in the neck”
Traveling For The Health Of It
People are starting to look at traveling not only for personal enjoyment and broadening the mind, but also for the purpose of finding health and lasting changes that they can use to improve their lives.
Wellness travel gets you away from the daily grind, and can help reestablish a healthy lifestyle. Modern day workplace problems like stress, anxiety, weight gain, and body aches are on the rise. Many of today’s modern diseases are attributed to how we live (arthritis, obesity, depression) and changing the way you live can add quality years to your life. Conventional medicine may not be able to give you the results that can lead to a healthier lifestyle. If you are ready to take responsibility for your own health then maybe a health & wellness retreat is just what you need.
What They Are Offering:
- Boost your metabolism (weight loss, exercise programs, proper diet/nutrition)
- Getting rid of daily stress/anxiety
- Being in nature
- Gourmet meals that are healthy
- Great locations
- Great hotels with many accommodations (spas, gyms)
Tips When Looking:
- Be sure your goals match the ones being offered
- If change is to occur, you will have to work hard at it.
- Look for programs filled with knowledgeable instructors leading the program.
- Be sure it is at a price you are comfortable with. Remember that high price doesn’t necessarily mean better.
- It is not about the number on the scale. It is about focusing on healthy habits that you can incorporate in your daily life, and that lead to weight loss and increased well-being.
- Everyone has a day one. This means that you may be early in your health goals, while others may already be well advanced. Don’t let others deter you. Focus on your goals!
- Don’t let the location stop you. It is about the journey inside that leads to changes and growth. “Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter…” – Yoda
- Focus on gaining the knowledge and taking the necessary steps to make the healthy changes a part of your everyday life. Don’t revert back to old habits once you return home.
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This information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.
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