4 Stretches to Remember While Traveling
By Brandi Swieter
Many people start focusing on travel plans once winter comes to a close. Whether they’ve already booked their spring break flight or are trying to make plans for summer vacations, there is much more that goes into preparations. Traveling can be tough on the body, so knowing which stretches will help keep the back flexible and able to handle a long ride is best. There are at least four stretches every tourist should remember.
The low back muscles tend to feel pressure first when sitting for an extended time. By doing a side stretch it helps to relieve some of that pressure and stretch out the back to take the discomfort away. Bend to one side and hold for a few a seconds before returning to the starting position. Bend to the other side and repeat. Slow and steady is best to ease tension without causing further pain.
Ideal for any long travel plans, the seated twist can be done right from your seat. Simply grip the chair below and twist the body to one side while remaining faced forward. Return to the starting position and twist in the opposite direction. Repeat a few times to help loosen up the muscles and get the blood flowing to the area once again. It should reduce a lot of tension.
Downdog Calf Stretch
The back is not the only part of the body that struggles on a long ride. Sitting for a long time can lead to blood clots if people aren’t careful, which often start in the legs. The downdog calf stretch is best to try before and after long periods of sitting. The hands should be touching the floor, extended out in front of you, with the feet also touching the floor. The body will make a “V” shape in this position, with the buttocks stretching toward the ceiling as the calves move up and down to help promote better blood flow.
Another great way to stretch out the calves while also helping stretch the back, toe raises are a simple activity to try before and after travel. With the feet hip-width apart, raise up onto the balls of the feet and squeeze the toes and legs for extra stretching power. Lower back down to the ground and repeat as many times as you see fit.
With these stretches in mind, travelers can better help themselves stay limber and flexible on their trip. The hours upon hours of sitting in a car, train, or other type of transport can quickly lead to back pain if people don’t do their best to avoid it. Do some stretches before heading out, while sitting on the long ride, and after reaching the destination to keep the back in the best shape possible. You can even visit The Joint Chiropractic at one of their many locations to get an adjustment before and after traveling for added benefits.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Decatur, Ga.