Summer is the perfect time of year to go on a holiday and explore the world. However, this year things have changed. The risk of COVID-19 has dramatically reduced the number of locations where it is safe to travel.
As a result, many people have decided to stay at home and explore their local area, which is a form of vacationing known as a ‘staycation’. A staycation can be a holiday spent in the UK rather than abroad or one spent at home and taking day trips to local attractions.
Staycations are a great way to explore your own backyard and stimulate the local economy. In this post, our Fareham chiropractor shares a couple of tips for protecting your back during your upcoming staycation.
Back Safe Staycations Advice From Our Fareham Chiropractor
Limit Driving Time
Staycations often involve a lot of driving and you might find yourself sitting in a car for several hours during your day trips. Unfortunately, this means that you may be sedentary for long periods of time. This can compress the spine and negatively impact your posture.
Being sedentary can also lead to back pain and may exacerbate pre-existing conditions like degenerative disc disease. In fact, it’s not uncommon for patients visiting our Fareham chiropractor clinic to have just returned from long journeys which have caused back problems.
To prevent long car trips from having an impact on your back, make sure you have frequent breaks during your journey. Pull over every hour to walk about and have a stretch. An additional benefit of these frequent breaks is that you may discover interesting locations during your journey which you would normally drive past.
Avoid Bad Habits
Because staycations can involve a lot of time around the home, you may find yourself occasionally becoming bored or unsure about what to do. When this happens, you may find yourself reaching towards a bottle of wine or some unhealthy snacks.
This can lead to weight gain, which places more stress on your back.
The best way to avoid bad habits occurring because of boredom is to have a plan for your staycation that involves a list of places to visit and various activities to enjoy.
Don’t Overdo It Around The Home
Many people on staycation end up spending some time improving their home. They become inspired to install a new garden bed, paint their walls, move their furniture around or make other general home improvements.
Unfortunately, rushing into a home renovation can sometimes lead to a back injury and an unplanned visit to a Fareham chiropractor clinic. If you do decide to do work around the house, plan ahead, take your time, and use the right equipment. Read this short guide to learn more about staying safe during renovations.
Don’t use your staycation as an excuse to slack off when it comes to exercise. Look for opportunities to stay active while traveling and continue with your daily workouts. If you are feeling a little uninspired when it comes to working out, ask us for a few exercise tips the next time you visit our clinic.
Book High-quality Accommodation
If you do intend to spend the occasional night in a bed and breakfast, airbnb, hotel or motel, do some research into the quality of their facilities. Look for online reviews that mention the quality of the mattresses used in the rooms. This will help you find accommodation that has comfortable beds that won’t be too tough on your back.
Visiting Homewood Chiropractic Clinic in Fareham
Hopefully these tips will help you enjoy upcoming your staycation and avoid any problems involving your back.
If you are suffering back pain or discomfort, our highly qualified and experienced team of chiropractors are here to help you.
To book an appointment, call our clinic on 01329 280 283 or you can book online on our website here.