While traveling, you spend most of your time sitting; often scrunched into a space that is way too small to leave you feeling good when you finally arrive at your destination. Lucky for you, I’ve got 5 great stretches to get the kinks out.
1. Front of Shoulder Stretch This stretch is especially helpful if you spent a lot of time in a narrow seat, or were seated next to a space hog who spread out despite the fact that someone else already inhabited that space.
Lace your fingers behind your back, palms facing up. Slowly turn your elbows while straightening your arms and slightly arching your back. Your shoulders should move back and you should feel a stretch across your chest and into your shoulder.
2. Forearm Relief If you’ve been doing a lot of driving, chances are good that your forearms have tensed up, especially if you, like most people, have a tendency to grip the steering wheel tighter than you need to.
3-5. All that sitting you do while traveling is hard on your legs, hips, and low back. Here are 3 stretches to open up your hips and help straighten you out.
3. Hip Flexor Stretch
Stand up straight with your feet shoulder width apart. Using something stable like a table, counter, or chair back for balance, bend your right knee and raise your right foot toward your buttocks. Grasp the right ankle and try point the knee straight down toward the floor (or even farther back if you’re able). Repeat with the left leg.
4. Warrior 1 Pose
Stand up straight and place one foot in a straight line in front of the other, keeping feet a comfortable width apart (3-4 ft.). Keep your front foot facing forward and turn your back foot to a 45 degree angle. Exhale and slowly bend your front knee to a 90 degree angle, while you reach up with both arms – hands facing each other. Keep your tailbone tucked down and under to avoid arching the low back. Reach up, lengthen the spine, and focus the stretch on the front of the hip and spine of your back leg. Repeat on the other side.
5. Seated Hip Stretch
Sit with both legs together and straight out in front of you. Bend your right hip and knee, bringing your knee toward your chest. Cross your right leg over your left leg and place your right foot on the outside of your left leg. Gently hug your right leg in toward your body until you feel a stretch deep in your hip. Note: keep your back straight and bring the leg toward the body… NOT the body toward the leg. Repeat with the left hip.
So there you have it. 5 stretches you should take with you on every vacation. I’d love to hear from you. Do you have a favorite stretch that you like to do when traveling? If so please spread the love and the pain relief by sharing it with the rest of us. And don’t forget to share this post with your networks via the buttons below. ↓↓↓↓ (If you get this by email and want to share with your social networks, just click on the blue title at the top of the email (you’ll get that little hand symbol when you’re on it) and it will whisk you away to this blog on the web and you’ll be able to use those handy buttons that I mentioned).↓↓↓↓