Long road trips can put a lot of stress and strain on your body, leaving you feeling physically drained by the time you reach your destination. Even if you're not planning a road trip, most of us find ourselves sitting for long periods of time, whether at work, in the car, on plane rides or on the bus. Spending lots of time sitting can cause achy, tight muscles and creaky joints. Stretching every 2-3 hours will help you loosen up and get your blood pumping!
These 6 stretches are ones you can easily do in any type of confined space. Do them in the car, at work, or on a long flight. Your body and mind will thank you!
For this stretch, twist your upper body and grip the seat with both hands to help hold yourself in this twist position. Hold for 5 - 10 seconds and repeat in the other direction. This stretch will relieve tension in your lower back.
You may not notice it, but people tend to hold a lot of tension in their necks and shoulders. To loosen up these muscles place your right hand above your left ear and gently pull your head towards your right shoulder. Hold this for 5-10 seconds and repeat on the other side.
Seated Forward Fold
With both feet flat on the floor, reach towards the dash or the floor with your hands. Keep your back flat as you bend forward. You should feel this stretch in your back, neck and hamstrings. Hold for 5-10 seconds.
Anterior Shoulder Stretch
Sitting for long periods of time can cause you to hunch over, leading to tight shoulders. To loosen them begin by sitting up straight in the seat with both feet flat on the floor. Lean forward slightly to grab the seat behind you. You should feel this stretch in your shoulders and chest. Hold for 10 seconds.
Posterior Shoulder Stretch
Once again, sit up straight in your seat with your feet flat on the floor. Reach your arms straight out in front of your shoulders, interlace your fingers with your palms facing outwards. Slightly arch your back, rounding the shoulder blades and drop your head. You should feel the stretch in your neck and shoulders. Hold for 10 seconds.
Crescent Moon Stretch
For this stretch bring your hands above your head and grab your elbows. Lean to the left, hold for 5-10 seconds and repeat on the other side. You should feel the stretch along the sides of your rib cage and obliques.