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Summer Travel Pains

Power Posture: The Summer Travel Edition

We’ve all heard the old addage: it’s not the destination, but the journey.
In this case there are no truer words.
Summer travel – the act of moving from one place to another, aka the journey- can be an actual pain in the neck- and back, and shoulders, knees, hip, and feet. You get where I am going with this. Our luggage – and in some cases, our family – can cause physical pain and that can really put a damper on the relaxing destination that is a head of us. On my latest Good Morning Wasington Segment, I share my travel tips to keep your body healthy and strong, and in turn, your mind relaxed and focused on the holiday ahead of you.
Try these simple JōbuFIT adjustments to your posture; and make even the most taxing travel a little less painful.

 

Traveling with a computer bag (or small personal item):

We take computer bags with us everywhere. They have become more fashionable, functional, and fully loaded with all of our tech. The weight of these bags can be physically taxing for our spines, that’s why we need to pack and wear them to the best of our ability.

Make sure to pack the heaviest and largest items closest to your body. Then, working away from your body, item should get smaller and lighter.
For example:
Your Body ->Computer, notebooks, wallet, pencils and keys
When you are actually wearing the bag be sure to keep the computer side closest to your body and the center of the bag at your hip height or higher. This doesn’t “look cool” or even sexy, but keeping added weight close to your core will protect your body from having to compensate for the extra weight.

Carryon- sized Luggage

I have 4 tips for traveling with a carryon:
1. Invest in a 4-wheeled bag (not a bag with only 2 wheels)
2. When walking on level ground keep the bag to your side and push on all 4 wheels. Your elbow should slightly wider than a 90 degree angle, and the bag should be slightly in frount of your body.
3. Walking inclines: the bag should be behind you and focus on keeping your elbow stretched (not locked) This will keep your body upright and the away from your feet.
4. Waking decline: the bag should be on two wheels and directly in front of you. Holding on with two hands when possible, keep your arms stretched (not locked) so you will not kick your bag.

 

With these four steps you are protecting your gait, and your whole body. And remember a wheeled bag is only as useful as the human pushing it, so don’t let it push you around.

Pushing a Stroller

Travel is even more tiring when doing it with a toddler aged -or younger – child. As your day and travel progress, try your hardest to not use your stroller as a crutch. You should always use your stoller for that extra sweater you will need for the cold plane, or the healthy snack you packed to keep every one clamn in trasit. Carrying extra weight should be avoided, and those things are perfect for a stroler.
But, you will put your body in more pain leaning on the stroller to push it. Instead try this:
Stand at you tallest, and reach for your stoller. You want to keep your slightly bent elbows in front of your torso at all times. This posture will allow you to maintain proper posture, keep an appropraite gait, and your body stay strong.

 

Watch the very quick and very informative Good Morning Washington segmemt HERE:

 

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