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Hate Commutes? These Tips Might Help!

By Genevieve Cunningham

Commuting is a part of life … especially if you live in a states like Texas or California. Driving an hour or more to work is normal, and commuting becomes almost second nature. But just because Texans are used to the long drive to and from the office, it doesn’t mean that the commute is pleasant. Luckily, it might be possible to take that dreaded commute and make it a little more appealing. Take a look at these tips for beating the hatred for commuting and boosting your health all at the same time.

Leave Early

Sometimes the best way to make the commute more comfortable is by leaving earlier than usual. This might help you miss traffic, avoid school zones, skip the rushing around, and just lower basic stress. It might mean waking up 10 or 15 minutes earlier, but the effects will be well worth it when you get to work on time with very little added stress from your morning.

Make Yourself Comfortable

The car can be uncomfortable. You’re sitting still, in the same position, and there’s little room for stretching or movement. Do what you can to make the car more comfortable from the get-go. Add pillows, low back supports, headrests, armrests, and anything that makes your body feel comfortable. Though it won’t necessarily help you stretch or move, you may have less need for movement if the body is in a comfortable position throughout.

Find Alternative Routes

Do you drive the same old path to and from work every day? Sometimes it really helps to just change it up. Find another way to get to work or to get home. When you’re feeling burned out, take the alternative route. It helps change the scenery, which can then help to change your perspective and make the commute feel less of a burden.

Get Chiropractic Care

Unless you experience it for yourself, many are unaware of just how much pain can come about due to excessive commuting. The lack of movement, stiff positioning, and repetitive action can really take a toll on your body -- especially the back and neck. If you anticipate commuting being a part of your life for a while, add chiropractic care to your routine. Chiropractors may help ease tension and pain from the spine, which then keeps the entire body more comfortable and the commute less dreadful. Chiropractic care can improve your health as a whole as well, so by making this a normal part of your normal routine, you’ll be bringing benefits to multiple aspects of your life.

If you would like to try chiropractic care to make your commute more comfortable, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is an easy and stress-free process. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get the care you need without any hassle. Commuting is sometimes a part of life, but it doesn’t have to be miserable! Get your health and life moving in the right direction beginning with a quick stop at The Joint as soon as today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.

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