This guest post by Frankie with travel tips.
Travel is amazing, but it can really take it out of you. Sitting still for long periods of time, with insufficient legroom, can leave you feeling drained, while carrying heavy bags is no picnic either. Even the mental strain of organizing and getting from one place to another can be draining, leaving you tired and feeling out-of-sorts when you get to your destination.
No one wants to start their vacation out on the wrong foot, so avoiding aches, pains, and stress is key to successful traveling. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to relax body and mind after a long flight. So if you have to jump on a plane before you board on a cruise from Seattle, or are planning a long-haul trip to Europe in the summer, take a look at the post-flight wellness tips below.
Stretching your muscles and joints after sitting still for ages is a great way to feel better, and yoga is the best stretching exercise there is! There are plenty of simple yoga positions you can do as soon as you land, even in the airport while waiting for a taxi! Downward Dog is a great way to stretch out your calves and reset your spine, while Upward Dog opens up the chest. A Low Lunge will realign your hip flexors and a Seated Spinal Twist will help you back. Finish it all off with a calming Child’s Pose when you get to the comfort of your hotel room for total relaxation.
The best way to deal with feeling rotten after a long flight is prevention, and that means staying hydrated. Dehydration is one of the main reasons we feel low and icky after traveling, due to the recycled air in the plane. Make sure you drink plenty of water before and during your flight, and avoid things like coffee and alcohol.
Nothing beats a good massage when you arrive at your destination. Having someone work out the stress of traveling will set you up for an awesome vacation and get you raring to go.
There are a number of useful supplements to help you fly, but magnesium is the best for dealing with feeling bad after a long journey. It supports your nervous system, helps to rebalance your electrolytes, and can be good for the bowel too if you suffer from bloating. Best of all, it helps with cramps and stiffness in your muscles as well!
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
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