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3 Things Older Adults can do to get Travel Ready

Summer is upon us and more people are taking trips! So many people who come to our exercise classes are headed to the beach, going to college graduations or are getting ready for the trip of a lifetime. But, there can be issues that keep you from traveling as you would like. One is your health. AARP notes that in 2019 32% Baby Boomers state that , health issues and concerns limit them from traveling.

Some things that get in the way of folks enjoying a trip they have scheduled or keep them from scheduling the trip at all are worries about Balance and Endurance. A trip that requires a lot of walking in a variety of environments can make a person apprehensive- not a feeling that you want to have when you are on a vacation.

Here are some of the things you can do to ensure you feel confident when you travel.

1. Learn about the location: Do your research. You can get a feel for where things are located that you are interested in visiting. By doing internet searches or calling locations that you may visit, you can find out how much walking might be involved and what type of surfaces you might encounter. Going to a European village? Those cobblestone streets may put your balance to the test. Going to the Beach? Sand is difficult to walk in- are you up for the challenge? What about those wonderful College graduation ceremonies? Lots of times these occur in stadiums or very large auditoriums. You may be walking a long way from the car to your seat- and there may be steps. Are you in the physical condition to manage all of this and still enjoy the moment?

2. Do a self -assessment. Now that you have an idea about what you will be encountering you can check yourself. Walk a distance that might be similar to the distances required on your trip. Climb some steps. Check your balance reactions (Don’t know how? Check out our Free Report click here). ). What you want to do when you “check yourself” is see if you can complete the task and still feel confident and invigorated. If you are able to complete the walking distance or number of steps, but you are down right pooped at the end, you are going to have trouble enjoying the experience when you get there. And, you might be wiped out for the rest of the day.

3. If there are “gaps” in your readiness, you can start to do things to get you prepared. You can start a daily walking program. Or start a strength and balance program. If you don’t know where to start, we can help. We offer a Free 30 Minute visit with a Physical Therapist to help you figure out what you will need to work on to get you ready for your trip. We also offer different purchase options for our Group Fitness and Wellness classes. We have had people come for 1-3 months just to get ready for a cruise or big trip. Just call 864-203-3883 and ask to speak with Shannon.

Take the time now to get ready for that big event so you can make the most of it!

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