Summer is made for getting out and seeing where the road takes you. Exploring the countryside by road often conjures images of siblings fighting, out of tune singing, lots of diner food and uncomfortably tight seating arrangements.
While we can’t help you with the siblings and singing (don’t worry they will make for some terrific memories in the future), we can give you advice on how to get your body to loosen up after sitting for an extended period of time and some snacks you can pack that will help you avoid those greasy diners or convenience store foods for the entire trip.
Road Trip Stretches
Just as when you’re sitting at your desk for long periods of time, you need to make sure you’re stopping to get out and stretch when on a road trip. Here are a few different stretches that can help you loosen up your stiff muscles from Well and Good.
- Forward Fold: A simple forward hang, where you bend your knees and hang over your legs while you grab your opposite elbows will open up the space where your lower back compressed during the drive.
- Mountain Pose: Reach your arms up to the sky as high as you can while grounding down through your feet. This stretch lengthens the entire body.
- Side Bends: While you’re in the mountain pose, hook your thumbs and bend left to right to help open up each side of your body.
- Standing Backbend: After coming back from doing a few side bends, while your arms are still over your head, grab your opposite elbows and lift the chest up while leaning back slightly. Lift your chest and heart as high as you can. This stretch opens of the chest and shoulders.
- Calf Stretch: While standing, place one foot forward and the opposite foot back, keeping them parallel. Bend your front knee and press through the heel of the other foot. You should feel the stretch in the leg behind you. After holding this stretch for 15-30 seconds, switch so the other leg is the one in front.
- Quad Stretch: While using the vehicle for balance stand straight on one leg grab your foot with the hand on the same side and pull toward your bottom until you feel the stretch in the front of your thigh. Keep your chest straight and don’t twist your foot. Repeat on the other side.
Healthy Road Trip Snacks
While on the road, it may be tempting to stop at the diners and convenience stores along the way to fill up on heavy or greasy foods. They may taste delicious at the time, but being stuck in the car with an over full or upset stomach from the heavy foods is not a situation you want to be in. Instead, have some handy, healthy snacks available that can curb your appetite until it’s time for a meal. Here are some tasty, easy to pack and nutritious to eat snacks.
- Granola bars
- Cheese sticks
- Bottled water
- Coconut water
- Flavored sparkling water
- Iced tea
- 100% fruit juice
- Sugar-free sports drinks
With these stretches and snacks, you’re ready for a summer of exploration on the open road to make memories that will last a lifetime! Have fun and drive safe!