by Valerie Baadh Garrett
Planes, trains, automobiles…buses and ferries, too: it’s been a great summer of lots of traveling, visiting, and sitting for hours on end while doing so. Each time I unfold myself out of the car or the plane, I creak a bit and crack a bit more, and think of sharing some thoughts on how to arrive bright and fresh, rather than crumbled and aching.
Before You Go
- Get some vigorous exercise so some sitting is welcome, including full ROM and core work.
- If you are already sore and achy before you start a trip, take some time for stretching or floor yoga.
- Wear loose and comfy clothing.
- Bring a travel pillow to put behind your lower or mid-back for better and more comfortable sitting posture.
During the Trip
- Stop often if driving (see video tips at a rest area while On the Road)
- Body-yawn as often as you can.
- Uncross your legs to allow better circulation
- Use your travel pillow. Shift the pillow to different spaces of your spine, lower or higher, to refresh your posture with movement rather than stillness. I sometimes use a rolled-up sweatshirt if I’ve forgotten my pillow.
If You’re Flying
- Stand and stretch often.
- The in-flight magazines often show some simple and effective moves you can do while seated, so try them out.
- Drinking lots of water will not only hydrate you but get you moving to and from the toilet.
- Get an aisle seat so you’ll have to get up for your neighbors in your row, too.
- Use your travel pillow for your neck or to support your spine.
- For a long trip, bring and use an eye-mask for more restful sleep. (I also bring noise-cancelling headphones.)
After You Arrive
- Go for a walk or a swim as soon as possible, getting some fresh air into your blood, brain, and muscle.
- Get a massage; take a warm bath.
- Go to bed early.
What are your top tips for comfortable travel? Please share in the comments below.
On your trip, enjoy the change of scenery, and travel safely!