I get some funny looks while I’m contorting my body into various positions in the middle of an airport terminal or bus station, but I don’t mind
I do a great deal of traveling, for my job and also for pleasure. I enjoy seeing new destinations and checking out the natural and man-made sites. I don’t enjoy actually traveling to reach the location. Traveling by car, bus, train or airplane is boring and uncomfortable. Sitting in a terminal for so much time is just awful. I tend to get a headache. I also feel sleepy, stiff, sore and deal with dehydration symptoms. I’ve learned that keeping active is the most effective way to combat the negative drawbacks of traveling. No matter when I’m scheduled to depart, I make a point to get in a strenuous workout beforehand. If I can spend an hour stretching, doing high impact aerobics and some strength training, I am more energized for the rest of the day. I feel it’s necessary to get my heart rate up and work up a decent sweat before spending endless time just sitting and being sedentary. As I’m traveling, I take every chance I get to stand up and walk around a bit. If I have time during a layover at an airport, I walk the terminal. I try to stride at a brisk pace and always choose the stairs rather than the escalator. I also take the opportunity to stretch my muscles. Even if I only have a brief amount of time and limited space, I make sure to rotate my wrists and ankles, tilty my head back and forth and reach down to touch my toes with straight legs. I perform a few lunges and squats and work out my shoulders. I get some funny looks while I’m contorting my body into various positions in the middle of an airport terminal or bus station, but I don’t mind. It helps to prevent being in agony later on. I have also realized that I need to drink extra amounts of water when traveling. It’s too easy to become dehydrated, which then leads to headaches.