Driving all day tends to leave the body stiff and lethargic. Coming off of a couple days that involved 12 hours of driving I'm here to shed some light on what Amber and I do to help keep our bodies moving well when forced to be seated for so long.
1. Stay hydrated! By drinking plenty of water and staying well hydrated it all but guarantees you'll be stopping frequently to pee. Frequent stops lead to more opportunities to move.
2. 10 Minute Walks! Whenever you stop to pee, eat, or get gas go for a short stroll. This is gentle movement that won't fatigue you, get you sweaty, or potentially draw strange looks.
3. Calisthenics! Bodyweight movements require no extra equipment. A quick round of squats, lunges, jumping jacks, and, if you're brave enough, push-ups can lead to an excellent 5 minute workout that wakes all your muscles up after being seated for so long.
4. Stretch the Hip Flexors! When sitting for too long your hip flexors can become tight. Stretching them for a minute or two each time you stop can help your hips and back feel better.
5. Flex! While driving, intentionally flexing your glutes, abs, and other muscles can help keep them feeling loose and pliable.
6. Squeeze! Bringing along a hand gripper or tennis ball that you can squeeze can help pass the boredom and keep your muscles and central nervous system awake.
We are Amber and Jordan Kirbey. We are excited to share our experiences and ideas with you!