By Joseph Staples // SWNS
NEWS COPY with VIDEO + INFOGRAPHIC
Is summer travel worth the pain? More than a third (39%) of Americans agree that travel-related aches and pains have kept them from traveling longer distances, according to a new study.
The 2005 survey of adults found that 67% of Americans said they had a desperate need to move and stretch after arriving at their destination, and more than a third (35%) of respondents said they experienced more pain during the travel process rather than during their journey. current holidays.
After an average of five hours of travel, 78% of respondents said they start to feel pain. Bus travel was found to be the worst, leaving almost two in five (39%) passengers feeling cramped. Other forms of transport destined to cause pain to travelers are airplanes (33%), cars (29%) and trains (24%).
Common travel-related activities, such as sitting for a long period of time on a plane (33%), holding luggage (28%) and waiting in long lines at the airport (24%), are also likely to make people feel hurt. Respondents reported feeling more sore in their backs (38%), legs (30%) and necks (24%) after traveling.
According to the study, commissioned by Advil and conducted by OnePoll, travel pains don’t stop when you arrive at your destination – but that’s not stopping people from making the most of their holidays.
The survey found that 67% are still keen to try something new on holiday – doing an average of four new physical activities while away from home.
Forty-five percent of respondents said they actively seek out activities that require their full physical effort while on vacation. More than half of Americans said that trying new experiences while traveling causes them to feel sore muscles that they “didn’t even know existed.”
Six in 10 (61%) complained that their bodies started to feel sore after trying new activities and 45% especially felt the burn when they woke up in the morning. Respondents said they feel more pain in their legs (47%), back (38%) or arms (30%) – all of which align with the most popular activities people try for the first time on holiday: swimming ( 30% ), hiking (29%) and camping (28%).
Meanwhile, just as many said they occasionally pass up opportunities to try new things on vacation just to avoid the pain.
“Trying new things can just be the best part of any vacation,” explained Karen Bouhadana, senior brand director at Advil. “But it’s important to be aware of what you’re putting your body through. Overdoing it will make you feel uncomfortable and can prevent you from fully enjoying your time.”
To prepare for travel-related pain, 67% of respondents reported packing pain relievers when traveling—45% of whom packed pain relievers specifically for body aches.
A third (32%) said they find themselves in need of some type of pain relief medication while on vacation. Almost as many (28%) said they needed it after the holidays.
Forty-four percent said that if they had pain relievers with them, they would be more likely to try new activities while on vacation.
“As much fun as it is to travel, go on vacation and try new things, it’s likely to hurt you,” continued Karen Bouhadana. “The best way to give your body a break from pain is to get comfortable and give your body some time to rest between adventures. It’s also a good idea to pack some pain relievers over the counter so you can be prepared for any aches and pains that may come your way.
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