Anyone who’s been on a long road trip can attest to how exhausting it can be to sit still for hours on end. Your body aches, you feel drained and the only thing on your mind is getting out of the car.
It can be difficult to stay comfortable during a long journey, especially if you don’t have room to move around. As a result, at Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center we have compiled a list of the best ways to stay comfortable and happy while traveling.
Anybody who’s traveled before knows how sore your body can get after hours of sitting still. To prevent muscle soreness, keep yourself as active as possible by stretching and moving around.
Here are some stretches and activities to try while traveling:
- Twist your spine: Plant your feet firmly on the floor, place your left hand on the outside of your opposite knee and slowly twist to the right. Breath deeply and hold for five seconds. Repeat on the left side. This will increase blood flow to your lower back while keeping your spine stretched and relaxed.
- Stretch hamstrings and calf muscles: While sitting, stretch your legs out straight in front of you, feet flexed with your toes pointing up. Lean forward and touch your toes if possible, or rest your hands as far down your shins as you can reach.
- Stretch your neck, shoulder and back: While seated, interlock your fingers behind your back and press your knuckles into the floor. Pull your shoulder blades down while pushing your chest up and forward. Extend your spine and hold for five seconds.
While traveling, it’s easy to become dehydrated and tired. To prevent this, follow these simple tips:
- Carry a reusable water bottle: Durable water bottles are a simple way to keep hydrated, especially while traveling.
- Track water consumption: If you have trouble remembering to drink water or never “feel” dehydrated, there are many ways to remind yourself to grab a sip of water. Set a reminder on your smartphone or use a water tracking app to log your daily consumption.
If you get tired easily or need a pick-me-up, these things may help:
- Inhale peppermint oil: Peppermint is the perfect essential oil to use if you’re feeling groggy. Give it a whiff every once in a while to engage your senses and clear your head.
- Drink coffee early: It’s best to drink coffee after cortisol levels have died down to avoid building up a tolerance to caffeine. According to the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the body’s cortisol production peaks between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., making 9:30 a.m. the best time to down a cup of joe.
- Avoid sugary snacks: Keep your sweet tooth at bay if you need to stay alert. A candy bar or soda will give you a quick burst of energy, but you’ll find yourself crashing soon after.
- Eat high protein foods: Though your first instinct may be to down an energy drink or coffee when you’re feeling groggy, healthier alternatives will provide more sustained energy.
Sitting still during a long road trip can leave any traveler achy, sore and fidgety. If you have recently been on a long trip and need an adjustment, schedule an appointment with Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center today!