It doesn’t matter where you live in the United States or where you commute to, there is one thing we all experience, traffic. Commuters spend 30 minutes to hours per day sitting in traffic; or have to catch a flight several times per month.
Whether you are in stand-still traffic, on a long flight or at a long traffic light these are exercises that will strengthen muscles and relax your mind. Most of these exercises are safe. However, those with pre-existing neck, back or spine issues should contact their doctor first before performing suggested exercises.
According to the Department of Physiotherapy at Singapore General Hospital drivers can squeeze in mini workouts when they are stuck in traffic and while they are traveling.
Rotate head to one side and hold for 5 seconds. Then repeat on the other side. Do 2-5 repetitions.
Straighten the back, look forward and tilt head to one side, hold for 5 seconds (ie eat to shoulder) then repeat on the other side.
Straighten the back, tilt head downward to chest, and hold for 5 seconds. Do 2-5 repetitions.
Straighten the back, rotate the torso to one side and hold for 5 seconds. Then repeat on the other side. This is an effective way to stretch the shoulders and middle back.
Slowly arch the small of the back upward and forward, hold for 5 seconds and then slowly return back to start position. Do 2-5 repetitions as needed.
To relieve pressure in buttocks, shift the body weight to one side while lifting the opposite side off the seat. Hold for 5 seconds, release and repeat on the other side. Do 2-5 repetitions as needed.
Lean forward place both hands behind the back, pull shoulders back and hold for 5 seconds. Do 2-5 repetitions as needed.
Most people feel normal when performing these stretches. Do not over stretch and you should stop if you experience any pain.
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