Returning To Walt Disney World After A Sedentary Year

Often a Walt Disney World vacation takes a little extra stamina and physical activity than people are prepared for. However after being limited in activities throughout 2020 more guests than ever are not going to be prepared for the physicality that being on their feet and the endurance walking Disney travel takes. Here are just a few tips to help you prepare and survive the physicality of a Disney vacation.

Returning Walt Disney World After A Sedentary YearReturning Walt Disney World After A Sedentary Year

Park at the back of the parking lot when you're out and about town. The extra distance will passively help you get ready for walking the space between rides in the Parks. Take walks and go a little bit further every day.

Add some light standing chores or exercise to your daily routine. It sounds strange, but you want to practice just standing around in queue. Being in queue focuses on different muscle groups in your body than walking does and you need to be able to do both. Check out our previous article on Queue Yoga.

Stretch it out. Even people who are used to being active often forget this important step. Stretching will keep the muscles flexible (especially feet, ankles, and knees) in order to maintain a good range of motion in the joints. When you are folding yourself in and out of ride vehicles, you're going to be happy you remembered to stretch.

Get Ready To Stand In QueueGet Ready To Stand In Queue

Be sure to take extra good care of yourself in the weeks before you travel. While many people are being vaccinated for COVID-19, now is not the time to throw caution to the wind. Visit the doctor at the first sign of feeling unwell, and don't be afraid to postpone your trip for the health of yourself and others.

Eating well makes a difference. While it's easy to indulge both before and during vacation what you fuel your body with will effect how you feel during travel. If you experience swelling from water retention be sure to cut back on the salt and increase your water intake. You should also be sure to eat protein instead of sugar in the morning to help power up.

Take a break when you need it, there's no shame in needing to take a break out of the sun and crowds for a bit to recharge. Wether you find a shady spot to sit and rest at a Theme Park, or if you journey back to your hotel room for a nap, a mid-day break can make a big difference.

Of Course You Can Always Nap At Your ResortOf Course You Can Always Nap At Your Resort

Take a dip in the pool. A 20 minute swim will help your body to reduce any swelling you may experience through the change in hydrostatic pressure. Plus, floating in the water relieves pressure on your joints and is generally a lot of fun. I always try and end my Disney nights with some body friendly activities.

Put your legs up at night. Once you get back to the hotel room in the evening, be sure to lay down on the bed and raise your feet up high against the wall for at least 15 minutes. This will help reduce swelling in your legs and feet, to make sure you're refreshed for the next day. Here are some more tips to revive tired legs.

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Most of all be kind to yourself. The Walt Disney World property is gigantic and if you haven't been used to being on your feet much this past year due to COVID-19 you are going to get tired. Over the years Disney Fans have made an art of packing in as much as possible, but I'm here to tell you that there is nothing wrong with slowing down and taking it easy on vacation.

For more Health Forward Hacks for Disney Travel During The Pandemic be sure to read our previous article. Do you have any great tips for Returning Walt Disney World After A Sedentary Year? Share them with us in the comments below!

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