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Travelling and holidays

Use a lightweight padded shoulder bag and take a small blow-up cushion for the base of your spine on a plane (do you know anyone shaped like a plane seat?!). Stand up when you can on the flight and stretch up to overhead lockers. Read up on transport links at arrival airport and buy tickets in advance if you can, so you’re not searching when tired.
Carol Simpson (Summer 2017)

Stay hydrated – you'd be amazed how much that helps when travelling. I carry a couple of bananas to keep me going instead of reaching for junk food in the airport.
Donna Roberts (Summer 2017)

If you can, pay for seats with extra leg room so you can move about and stretch your legs.
Ana Camacho (Summer 2017)

If, like me, you're usually the passenger in a car, then decide on your sitting still time limit and plan stops along the route for some stretches and a walk. We've found some lovely little-known places to visit.

I have also devised an in-car workout to do every hour. I lift my legs in a walking motion; with feet flat, pushing off the floor, or lifted off, depending on how strong I'm feeling. I add arm movements as though walking, to keep my upper body mobile. All movements should be small and discreet to not distract or irritate the driver.

This all made a huge difference to me when we toured France in May, and I arrived home in much better shape than usual.
Nora Boswell (Summer 2017)


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