You plan, you pack, you activate your out-of-office message-you don't want your vacation ruined with back pain, jet lag, or worse. The reality is that as much as you need to get away to relieve stress, travel can take a toll on your body. "Changing your routine ramps up levels of stress hormones, which can wreak havoc on your immune system and disrupt your sleep," says Steven Lamm, MD, a clinical assistant professor at New York University. So if you want to feel happy, healthy, and alert, follow this advice to:
Prevent Back Pain
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En route: Get out of your seat every hour to stretch your legs and walk around the cabin, suggests Arya Nick Shamie, MD, assistant professor of spine surgery at UCLA (if you're driving make frequent rest stops). And angle vents away from you: CoolRead More »from How to stay healthy while you travel