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Preparing for Holiday Travels

By Brandi Goodman 

Many people choose to travel over the holidays either in hopes of visiting family or actually heading out on a vacation getaway. You need to be sure you're properly preparing for your holiday travels so you can make the most of your time away without fear of illness or pain. Your health will thank you.

Ship Your Gifts

If you plan on being away during Christmas, then you should ship your gifts to your destination. Having a bunch of gifts to carry can slow you down and even hurt your back if you're not careful. Too much weight to carry can do harm to the back and shoulders. You're also more likely to feel stressed if you have to worry about your gifts being taken or left behind by accident. Ship them instead for less of a hassle.

Choose Nutritious Meals

You may end up eating at a fast food place if you're traveling by car or having to grab a bite at an airport restaurant. Even when you're choosing what to put on your plate around the Christmas table, always be sure it's nutritious. Eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and avoid getting the most fattening and calorie-filled foods. Your body will feel much more energized with the right foods fueling it. You may get sick or feel bloated and sluggish with some of the heavier food choices.

Travel When It's Not Busy

Avoid some of the hassle of traveling by going when it's not so busy. You may feel much more stressed when you're trying to get to where you need to go with lots of others in the area slowing you down. You don't want to travel the day before a major holiday since this is when most people are trying to get out of town. Instead, go on the day of, when people tend to already be at their destination; otherwise go a few days before if possible.

Drink Lots of Water

You may find it tempting to consume alcoholic beverages when you're on vacation. You might even just be trying to enjoy some of the season's drink choices, such as hot cocoa or eggnog. You really should be sticking with water as much as possible. It's the best thing for your health and your joints. Traveling can be hard on the body and water will help to keep your joints flexible so you aren't as likely to experience pain. You'll of course want to pair that with adequate stretching for the best results.

Holiday traveling can be done easier when you keep some tips in mind before you go and while you're away. Always keep your health and well-being at the forefront of your thoughts so you can maintain your physical and mental health. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Anderson, S.C.

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