On the Road Again

Jul 25, 2020 | Healthy Living

10 Simple Exercises to Do While Travelling

Summertime is full of possibilities, and perhaps you are looking forward to a vacation or trip. Long car rides cannot only be monotonous, but they can leave you feeling stiff from being in one position for hours on end.  The good news is that there are lots of things you can do both in the car and at rest stops to limber up and give your body some time to move.  Here are some ideas to keep your blood flowing and your joints loose while on the road.

In the Passenger Seat:

  • Use small resistance bands to do hand and wrist stretches.
  • Do some neck rolls, allowing for good range of motion.
  • Work on stomach muscles by pulling your belly in and up and holding for 15 seconds. Breathe out as you release.
  • Rotate your upper body to one side and hold for 15 seconds. Alternate sides.
  • Use light hand weights to do upper arm curls.

At the Rest Stop:

  • Do your normal stretching routine.
  • Do wall pushups.
  • Try some jump squats.
  • Run in place or around a parking lot.
  • Put out your yoga mat and do some relaxing poses.

There are lots of things you can do to keep your body moving when you travel.  If you

are not crunched for time, look online before you leave for short hikes or outdoor fitness trails in areas you are likely to stop.  Or, you can check for local gyms if you need a full workout along the way.  When you keep your body moving you increase your oxygen intake, which helps blood flow and circulation to all of your major organs. Oh – and don’t forget to stay hydrated.  Drink lots of water and stay cool. When your body feels good on the road, you will too!

Next time we will revisit juicing and making smoothies, and take a look at enzymes and healthy digestion.