Traveling can lead to stiffness and soreness very easily. Whether it’s from sitting in the cab of the truck for too long, from engaging in activities we’re not used to, or even from holding stress in our shoulders and neck. We’ve all had to deal with various aches during our trips. Proper stretching can help relieve many of those annoyances.
- Good Mornings– While standing with feet shoulder width apart, raise both hands high above your head as if you were trying to reach something just out of reach. Take a deep breath, allowing your rib cage to fully expand. Hold this pose for a count of 5-7 seconds. Gently and smoothly lean once to the right, then once to the left to stretch out the muscles on each side of your body. Repeat the whole routine 3 times.
- Neck and Shoulder stretch– This one is best to do while sitting. Sit up straight, make sure your posture is good but relaxed. In fluid motions, start by rolling your shoulders forward, down and back, as if you were drawing circles in the air with your shoulders. Next repeat the motion with just the right shoulder, then the left. Next, you’ll make a similar motion with your head, as if you were drawing a big circle in the air above your head. Repeat 3 times.
- Hamstring stretch– Many people suffer from back and knee pain because of too much tension in their hamstrings. Stretching your hamstrings can help reduce the tension you may be feeling in your back. Here are two variations you can try depending on your current level of limberness.
Option 1: Place your right foot in the seat of a chair in front of you, keeping your leg straight. In a smooth motion lean forward while reaching your hands out for your foot in the chair. Try to keep both legs straight through the whole motion. Once you’ve reached as far as you can, hold that position for a count of 3. Repeat 3 times.
Option 2: Stand with your feet together, in a smooth slow motion lean over at your hips reaching toward your feet with both hands. Keep your legs straight throughout the motion. Once you’ve reached your limit, hold that position for 3 seconds. Repeat 3 times.
- Big Claps– Stand with your feet close together and try to maintain good posture. Extend your arms straight out to either side. In a smooth motion bring your hands together, with your palms facing in. Moving only your shoulders, extend your reach out as far as you can. Focus on trying to feel your shoulders blades expand. Hold this pose for 3 seconds. Next, bring your arms in an arching motion, keeping your palms forward and elbows straight, until they are as far back as you can go. Focus on expanding your chest. Hold this position for 3 seconds. Repeat 3 times.