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Long road trips can be rough on our bodies. To prevent your body from tensing up or getting to tired by the time you reach your destination, it's important to stretch your muscles every 2-3 hours. This helps relieve tension and keep your blood circulating. Before you hit the road (or if you're on it now, reading this, AS A PASSENGER!) consider adding these stretches and exercises to your travel plans:

While in the car you can... (for passengers only please, drivers please keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road!)

1.Contract your abs by pulling the belly button towards the spine without holding your breath. Hold for two seconds, release and repeat 16 times. (this one you can do as a driver!)

2. Place a pillow or towel between the knees and squeeze. Hold for two seconds, then release slightly. Repeat 15 times.

3. Hold a pillow between hands at chest level (or just press palms together) and squeeze for two seconds, release and repeat 15 reps.

4. Place palms on the ceiling of the car, shoulder-width apart. Press into the roof for two seconds, then release. Repeat for 16 reps.

When you stop for gas or reach a rest stop.... (ok drivers, now you can participate)

1. Reach your arms above your head toward the sky without lifting your heels. Hold for 20 seconds and release. Repeat as necessary.

2. Take a five minute walk around the area to stretch out the leg muscles and get your blood circulating throughout your body.

3. To stretch your neck, gently bend your head backward so that your eyes are looking upward. Stop when you feel the stretch and hold for 20 seconds. Return to the starting position and repeat five times

4. To relieve and stretch out the shoulders, clasp your hands behind your lower back, keeping an upright posture. Lift your clasped hands out and away from the body and stop when you start to feel a little discomfort. Hold the position for 15 to 30 seconds and then release.

Safe Travels!

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