The Effects of Travel on Physical Performance
Exploring new and different places can be fun and exciting; yet, the effects of travel can often be trying. From fighting jet lag to living out of a suitcase, it’s easy for physical performance to take a hit. Here are a few things to think about the next time you hit the road.
The Real Effects of Travel
Believe it or not, traveling isn’t all fun and games. First and foremost, sitting in a small, stiff seat for several hours at a time can difficult for your comfort and health. Specifically, your legs, back, and neck muscles can become taut, causing you to not only physically feel uncomfortable, but exhausted, too.
And that’s just the start of it!
For example, did you know that when you flying doesn’t allow your body to fully absorb the oxygen available, resulting in dizziness and headaches often associated with altitude sickness. It’s imperative to fortify your immune system when traveling because of the recycled cabin air you will be exposed to.
Furthermore, flying can mess with your body by making your taste buds go temporarily numb, allowing blood to collect in your legs and feet (it isn’t always a good thing to sit for long periods of time), and causing your skin dry out.
Situations are rarely cut and dry – you already know this – meaning, that while traveling can have some negative effects, there are plenty of positive ones, too.
The Real (Good) Effects of Travel
Let’s face the facts: sometimes, you need to escape the tediousness of regularly scheduled life or the insane variety of problems life tends to throw at you. What better way to do that than going on a trip? After all, traveling can be a great way to recharge your batteries . . . and it’s great for the soul!
One of the biggest benefits to traveling is the fact that it gives you the opportunity to experience different environments, ultimately creating antibodies that boost your immune system. Particularly, researchers have proven that your body and gut can become stronger when exposed to new bacterias.
Simultaneously, traveling can help lower your stress levels and improve your brain health. Simply put, it’s been scientifically proven that traveling can increase your happiness, while also decreasing your depression. You’ll become rested, and less anxious. While your stress and anxiety levels decrease, so will your chances of experiencing a heart attack and/or heart disease. This, of course, means that you could actually live longer!
Research has also shown that traveling can help keep your body healthy – both inside and out. Not to mention, your brain health will also increase.
This being said, if you are in the habit of exercising regularly, or if sports are your career, your routine can suffer from a hiatus. While most hotels have amenities catering to fitness enthusiasts, some don’t. You could also be tempted to become lazier, convince yourself you’ll check the gym the next day. Remember you can exercise without equipment, even if only 20 minutes per day, so you are not too stiff when you get back to your training schedule.
The Good and the Bad
We have to take the good with the bad – it’s called “life.” While traveling definitely has its negative effects, it also has a long list of positive ones! Perhaps traveling should be done in moderation, like eating carbs or drinking wine. Just remember, the world was meant to be seen! So, go see it! Travel, explore, and find yourself.
Don’t forget to pack your running shoes! Traveling shouldn’t get in the way of your regular workout regimen when there’s no better way to explore a new city than by foot.
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