We’ve talked about the benefits of standing, and how sitting for extended periods of time is detrimental to our health. But until they make standing cars (!), long car trips make it pretty difficult to avoid extended periods of sitting. I drove 16 hours over 2 days on my way to Keystone, and I’ll still drive 2 hours to Denver, 3 hours to my ranch, and 13 hours back home. So, needless to say, a few ways to sneak in just a bit of movement throughout my days were welcome.
For Workout Wednesday today, here are my Top 7 Ways to Fit Movement Into Long Car Trips. Enjoy!
- Exercise before you leave. Yes, it can seem difficult to wake up early to fit in a workout when you’ll be spending a long, tiring day at the wheel. However, it will give you more energy to complete your drive safely, not to mention improve your health. Just get it in!
- Move around (safely) while driving. This website has some simple road trip stretches that I utilized, and I always remember to shift around in my seat, just to make sure I’m not sitting too still for too long.
- At stop lights, take the opportunity to (quickly) put the car in park, lift your foot up and roll your ankle, roll your neck, and other things you may not be able to do while driving.
- Each time you stop for gas, food, or to use the restroom, make a few laps around the parking lot.
- Each time you stop, take a few minutes to stretch! My hip flexors get especially tight while driving, so I always make sure to stretch them when I stand up from the car.
- Drink a lot of water!!! This will make frequent stops more necessary, and will help you fit in #4 and #5 more frequently!
- Right before each meal, do a mini-bootcamp. Of course, you don’t want to be dripping sweat for the rest of your ride, but if you do a quick 5 minutes of jumping jacks, squats, lunges, and some walking, you should reap the benefits of a bit of movement without wearing yourself out.
So tell me in the comments … How do YOU fit in some movement on long car trips?