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Share your thoughts with the Spondy community!
#284760 05/25/21 12:08 AM
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Summer is calling! And the urge to get away is REAL this year!

1) What are you and your traveling partners hoping to do this summer? Road trip? Stay-cation? Something adventurous?

2) And what tips do you have for our Spondy community to make travel as low stress and gentle on our bodies as possible? How do you take care of yourself on vacation / while traveling?

Share your tips and plans to give others ideas!

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Kristine Callender, MPH, CHES

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Re: Share your thoughts with the Spondy community!
KristineCallender #284761 05/25/21 03:02 PM
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Love these questions. TY Kristine.
This summer, if everyone gets healthy in time, we are hoping to have a multigeneration family trip. It's been over a year since we have been able to be together and a trip together would be great way to reconnect.

As far as tips, I feel fortunately each of us in my family already incorporate exercise in their lives. Generations 2 & 3 plan on group bike rides and yoga classes. We all like to explore and go on walks. Everyone also appreciates healthy sustainable foods and most are excellent cooks, so we typically stay in a place with a kitchen and prepare our own family meals on trips. To reduce stress and to bank rest, I plan on taking a 1/2 day off prior to a trip and a full day of rest afterwards. The other thing I do regarding stress is to bring a couple of books to read. One book that I'm working on, and one short story or joke book.

Hope that helps.

Really looking forward to reading what others do.


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KristineCallender #284762 05/25/21 06:40 PM
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My family went on a hiking trip in the North Carolina mountains last month, which was our first family trip since the pandemic started, and we're visiting a not-too-far-away national park next week. Later in the summer, we're spending a few nights at the beach with friends. These are all driving trips. We're not quite ready to fly as a family because my kids haven't been vaccinated.

My tips for a lower-stress, minimal-pain vacation: Stick to your regular routine as much as you can, by which I mean stick to your normal sleep schedule and don't over-indulge in food and/or alcohol. If you don't exercise much at home, then don't try to hike or kayak 10 miles in one day on vacation. Be reasonable. Rent a house, if possible, so you can prepare some of your own meals and so your family has room to spread out. (This is especially important if you have kids and pets traveling with you.) Schedule down time. I like to hike and do other activities in the morning, return to the rental house for an afternoon nap, and then venture back out in the early evening. Don't try to cram too many activities into each day. When driving long distances, schedule lots of breaks. For me, I need a stretch every two hours or so. I also find heated car seats to be helpful. That little bit of heat on my back makes a world of difference. If you know you're going to be in a situation where you can't easily get up and stretch, e.g., a long flight, medicate for that. I don't usually need to supplement my biologic with NSAIDs or painkillers, but I will do it prophylactically if I know I'm going to be trapped for a long time on an airplane or in a chair at a professional conference.

Happy traveling everybody.


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