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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.

So take care when wearing flip flops instead of your usual footwear, carrying heavy bags or negotiating sand dunes to get to the beach, and 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?

Whilst this is certainly true for easing stress issues, it’s the change in activities and habits that can result in your joints suffering. For example, wearing flip flops instead of your usual footwear, being more active, carrying heavy bags or negotiating sand dunes every day to get to the beach 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, along with short bursts of lugging heavy bags or equipment is a recipe for problems,” says Dr Wright.

  • Ask cabin crew to lift heavy baggage for you.
  • If you are taking pain medication, try to take it as part of your normal daily routine.
  • Book ahead to secure seats with extra leg room.
  • Sit upright with support in the small of your back.
  • Your knees and hips should be level and your feet should be flat on the floor.
  • Walk around as much as possible to prevent you from becoming stiff and tense.
  • Do this exercise to stretch and mobilise your spine:
  1. Stand with your feet slightly apart and arms folded in front of your chest.
  2. Bend your knees a little and bend your hips to get your back flat and parallel to the ground while sticking your bottom out.
  3. Breathe out on the way down, in on the way up.

Don’t forget we offer a great range of Travel Insurance policies so why not call us today to see how we could help you. Call us on 02920 626 226 or email insurance@watkindavies.com


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