Summer is finally here! And that means lots of fun activities and a good amount of traveling. Planning and preparing for some time away is always fun as you wait in anticipation for a break from the busyness of life. But being in the car for long lengths of time can take a toll on your body. Taking care of yourself during long road trips should be a priority during this much-anticipated summer. Be as prepared as possible for all the wonderful road trips you may take this summer with these road trip tips from your Charlotte chiropractor, Dr. Grant Lisetor.
Focus on Your Health
Some of the best things you can do for your body are the simplest. Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water along the way. Keeping your body hydrated will also help fight stiffness and pain in the joints that can be caused by sitting for long periods of time. Drinking water can also prevent muscle cramps associated with sitting too long. Also, be sure to eat healthy snacks while traveling. Stopping for sugary snacks or fast food will leave you feeling tired and won’t help you sustain your energy level for long. Instead, pack fruits, vegetables, and other healthy snacks such as nuts that will keep you feeling energetic and nourished throughout the trip. Finally, be sure to plan for breaks. Stopping while traveling gives you a chance to walk around and stretch. It is recommended that you stop once every two hours or so to give your body time to move and take a break. Here are some recommended stretches that can loosen up your body when you do stop to take breaks.
Forward Bend: While standing with your feet together, bend forward and let your head and arms hang. This stretches your leg muscles and your lower back.
Side Stretch: Stand up straight and reach your left arm over your head and hold. Then switch to your right arm.
Hamstring Stretch: Sit with one leg outstretched and one leg bent, resting against the thigh of the opposite leg. Bend forward and reach for your foot. You should feel this stretch in your hamstring.
Focus on Posture
Another way to make traveling more comfortable for your body is to focus on good posture throughout the trip. Support your back by keeping it as close to the seat as possible. If needed, roll up a shirt or towel to keep behind your lower back for added support. If you have a car that allows you to adjust the seats, tilt the bottom seat up a bit so that your knees are lower than your hips. This also helps improve circulation. Do not recline back too much as this will put added pressure on your back as you travel.
Invest in Chiropractic Care
One of the best things you can do for the health of your body is to invest in chiropractic care, both before and after your trip. When the body is in proper alignment, it can function optimally so you can feel great before, during, and after a road trip. If a long period of time in the car has you feeling stiff, tight, or out of whack, be sure to contact a Charlotte chiropractor right away to take care of any misalignments that may have occurred. Dr. Grant Lisetor knows the importance of feeling your best and will help you focus on your spinal health so that you can have a great time traveling this summer. To schedule your appointment, contact Greater Life Chiropractic today. We look forward to helping you enjoy your summer trips while feeling your best and being as healthy as possible.