Summer travel seems like a fun idea, but is it worth the aches and pains?
More than a third (39%) of Americans agree that travel-related aches and pains prevent them from going long distances, according to a new study commissioned by Advil and conducted by OnePoll.
The survey, which surveyed 2,005 adults, found that 67% of Americans felt the need to stretch and move around after arriving at their destination.
35% said they had more pain during travel than during the actual vacation. After an average of five hours of travel, 78% said they started to feel sore.
People found the mode of transport that caused them the most pain was bus travel (39%), followed by planes (33%), cars (29%) and trains (24%).
Common activities that cause pain include sitting for long periods of time on airplanes (33%), carrying luggage (28%) and waiting in long lines at the airport (24%).
The study found that people feel worse after traveling with their backs (38%), legs (30%) and necks (24%).
Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they pack pain relievers when traveling to prepare for travel-related pain, and 45% pack pain medications specifically for body aches.
But just because you get travel pains doesn’t mean they stop once you get to your vacation destination. However, that doesn’t stop people from enjoying their vacation to the fullest, according to the study.
Sixty-seven percent of respondents still want to try new things on vacation and do an average of four new physical activities while away.
More than half of Americans said that trying new activities while traveling causes soreness in muscles they “didn’t even know existed,” but 45% of participants said they actively seek out activities that require full physical effort.
While on vacation, people enjoy trying popular activities for the first time such as swimming (30%), hiking (29%) and camping (28%).
“Trying new things can be the best part of any vacation,” said Karen Bohdana, Advil’s senior brand director. “But it’s important to be aware of what you’re doing to your body. Doing too much of it can leave you feeling uncomfortable and prevent you from fully enjoying your time.”
Six in 10 respondents said they started to feel pain after new experiences, and 45% felt a burning sensation upon waking the next morning, most commonly in their legs (47%), back (38%) or arms (30%). ).
A third of people (32%) said they felt the need for pain relievers while on holiday, while 28% said they needed them after the holiday was over. Forty-four percent said they would be willing to take up new activities if they were given pain-relieving medication.
While many people enjoy trying new things, just as many play it safe to avoid feeling the pain.
“As much fun as it is to travel and go on vacation and try new things, it’s likely to leave you sore,” Bohdana said.
“The best way to give your body a break from pain is to take it easy on yourself and give your body some time to rest between adventures. It’s also a good idea to pack over-the-counter pain relievers so you can take care of any aches and pains that may come your way. Prepare for the pain,” she continued.