Depending on the amount and type of driving you do in your RV, you may find yourself stiff or sore at the end of the day. A long trip, especially if you have tense conditions such as high traffic, bad weather, or treacherous roads, can make the problems even worse. Your shoulders, arms, and hands can get tired from holding the wheel for extended periods. Your back, hip, legs, or knees can get tired from sitting in a relatively confined position all day, especially with your foot on the gas pedal.
One good way to avoid, or at least lessen, this discomfort is to take frequent breaks to stretch. Every time you stop to get gas, rest, or see the sights, try to stretch. Just like with yoga, you want to stretch against the tension. If your back has been curved forward, now you need to stretch it the opposite direction, arching your back and shoulders. Next, roll your shoulders in small circles, forward and back. Neck rolls also help release the tension; just let your head droop down toward your chest, then make slow, relaxed circles all the way around.
You should also stretch out before starting your drive. Do your neck and shoulder stretches during your morning shower. Stretch your back while tying your shoes, and stretch your hamstrings before getting in your RV. Place your leg on the bottom step, then slowly lean forward to feel a slight burn against your hamstring.
Stretching is not just limited to full-body stretches during breaks. Even small mini-stretches while driving can help head off the stiffness later. If you’re at a stop light or other controlled location, take one hand off the wheel to do this exercise. Clench your fist, then open your fingers as wide and straight as you can. Repeat several times on the first hand, then repeat with the other hand. The neck rolls and shoulder rolls can also be done while driving, but only if you are stopped and have the vehicle under control. Don’t sacrifice safety for your stretches!
With just two minutes of stretching before you hit the road and a few simple stretching exercises throughout the day, you should see a decrease in fatigue and discomfort, letting you enjoy your RV trips even more!Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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