As the sun sets on your summer vacation, you probably have some great memories. This summer, you might have gone on a family road trip, jetted off to a beachside resort, or partied on a cruise. Traveling during the summer can be a great way to relax and let off steam…but it can also be stressful and interfere with your healthy eating and exercise routines. If you’re just getting back from a trip and trying to get back in the groove of regular life, there are few things you can do to recover properly and make sure that the vacation doesn’t derail your health goals. That way, you can return to your normal schedule feeling fresh, energized, and ready to take on the fall.
Common Concerns When Coming Back from Vacation
Whether you’ve been away from home for the entire summer or just a long weekend, it can feel strange to return to your regular routines. Looking back on your travel experience, you might also be worried about your health. Here are some of the things that you might be concerned about when you come home from summer vacation, along with possible remedies that can help you get back on track:
- Your back is sore from the car / plane ride home. Lower back pain is a common consequence of sitting for long periods of time, and the limited mobility you have in a car or on a plane makes it even more likely that the excess strain will continue to cause you problems after the trip is over. This can be made even worse if you are returning home to a desk job, since sitting even more can further exacerbate the problem. A great way to get your spine back in alignment is to get a chiropractic adjustment, which can return your body to balance and relieve the residual back pain from the long car or plane ride.
- You got injured while having fun. Water skiing, kite surfing, boogie boarding, and mountain-climbing are popular vacation activities…you only live once, right? But sometimes, you might get unlucky: It’s easy to throw out your shoulder while catching a wave or twist your ankle on a long hike. Even minor injuries can cause long-term pain, and they can prevent you from returning to your regular exercise routine. If you have been injured, you may want to look into deep tissue massage, which can help stimulate recovery by reducing inflammation and improving circulation throughout your body.
- You gained some weight. On vacation, even the most dedicated dieters sometimes splurge. In fact, it is entirely reasonable to allow yourself to try the dessert at a fancy restaurant or enjoy your mom’s famous potato salad when you visit home. But now that your trip is over, it is important to return to your usual healthy eating pattern. You might be tempted to starve yourself to make up for what you ate on the trip, but that often just results in another binge later. If you’re having trouble figuring out how to lose the pounds you gained on vacation and get back to a healthy diet, you may want to seek nutritional counseling from a chiropractor or another health professional.
- Your usual exercise routine suddenly seems much harder. Summer travel can be a great mental break, so you might return to the treadmill feeling inspired and motivated to achieve your exercise and weight loss goals for the fall. But when you get started on your workout, your muscles might feel tense, or you might get out of breath more quickly than usual. That’s not uncommon if you took a break from exercise while you were on vacation, so don’t fret! Just be careful to ease back into your workout so that you don’t get injured. A great way to transition back into exercise is Thai massage, which is basically an assisted yoga session, in which the massage therapist manipulates your body through a series of gentle poses. This can help relieve muscle tension and reintroduce your body to gentle exercise as you build your fitness back up.
- Your got overstressed on vacation, and you’re still holding on to the tension. Unfortunately, not every aspect of vacation is relaxing. Whether it’s a tight layover at the airport, the challenge of keeping the kids from fighting in the back seat, or a visit with your in-laws, certain hallmarks of summer vacation can cause stress to build up. When you return home, you might still be holding some of that tension in your shoulders, back, and neck, which can cause lingering pain or even headaches. A massage or a chiropractic adjustment can help relieve some of the strain. That way, you can benefit from the emotionally rejuvenating aspects of your trip and let go of the stressful parts.
- Your digestive system just feels “off.” When you’re on vacation, you might have the chance to try new and exciting cuisine. But when you diverge from your regular diet, it can sometimes throw off your digestive system, leaving you with mild GI symptoms even after you get back home. You might want to try a probiotic or a prebiotic supplement, both of which can help restore the balance of bacteria in your gut return your GI system to optimal function.
At Atlanta Chiropractic and Fitness, our services can help you get back on track when you return home from summer vacation. We offer chiropractic adjustments, massage, nutritional counseling, nutritional supplements, and much more. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!