After hours on the road, it’s common to start feeling a little stir crazy. There is no need for a yoga mat or large space to complete these poses. Remain seated in the comfort of your car and spend 10 minutes or less to give your body the attention it deserves to make the rest of the drive more comfortable.
Sitting in one position, focusing on the road for a long period of time can often cause tension in the neck and shoulders. To loosen this area, focus on moving your head from side to side. Tuck your chin toward your chest and roll your shoulders backwards. Hold this position for 10 seconds or longer. Next, roll your shoulders back and tilt your head slightly back resting for 10 seconds.
To enhance the stretch place your right hand above your left ear and slightly pull in opposite directions. Repeat on the other side.
If your lower back is the problem area, this stretch will help to reduce the pain. Firstly, move the car seat as far back as possible. Sit back into the seat with your feet flat on the floor and reach down to the floor bending at the hips. Rest in this position for 10 seconds feeling a stretch in your hamstrings.
This is a simple seated stretch that will have you ready to continue your trip in no time. Sit your feet flat on the floor and ensure you are sitting with a straight back. Turn your upper body to the right and face the back window. Hold onto the car seat for 10 seconds. Repeat on the left.
Sit with your back straight in the car seat and cross your right leg over your left hooking your right foot on your left heel. Bend both arms to a 90-degree angle and place your right elbow under your left elbow and intertwine them so your palms can meet. Hold this position for 10 seconds before repeating on the other side.
Some of these poses may be difficult for taller people given the space available below the steering wheel, so do the exercises you are comfortable with, as you don’t want to risk unnecessary injury.
If do you want to get out of the car to stretch, here are a few yoga poses for beginners to try.