Road Trip Stretches to Prevent Achy Muscles

Road trips are often the price we pay for visiting amazing places without breaking the bank.  We pack the car to the gills, load up on snack food, put on some good tunes and hope for the best. While the key to a successful road trip largely depends on pre-departure preparations, there are some steps you can take en route to help you hit the ground running when you get there - without the aches and pains of marathon-sitting slowing you down.

Road Trip Stretches

The experts at Men’s Health, Prevention and Woman’s Day compiled some great tips, tricks and videos for staying loose on the road. Here are a few of them:

Road Trip Neck Stretches

Easy! At the next rest stop, Men’s Health says to find a chair and grab the right side with your right arm – this will be your anchor. Next, with your left arm reach over your head and touch the top of your right ear. Now, gently pull your head to the left until you feel a stretch in the right side of your neck. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat to stretch the other side.

Road Trip Hip Stretches

Yoga fans will like this one. Try the, “revolved crescent lunge.” Prevention says, “step your left leg three to four feet behind you, and bend your right knee to about 90 degrees, coming into a lunge with your left heel lifted and right knee directly over right ankle. Bring your hands to prayer in front of your chest and twist torso to the right, placing the left elbow outside the right knee. Keep left leg strong and straight, pressing heel behind you. Look up past your right shoulder and hold for 5 to 8 breaths. Repeat on the other side.” If you don’t want to go full-on-yoga-master at the rest stop, simply do a few basic runner’s lunges instead. You’ll still release your hip flexors.

Road Trip Shoulder Stretches

Woman’s Day says to, “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.”

Ready to go?  Here are some road-trip worthy destinations .