Road trips are hard on the body. Sitting still for long periods causes some problems for your back. These problems can normally be repaired with a good nights sleep. However, you rarely get a good night’s sleep on road trips. When you’re sleeping on a strange bed, no matter what kind of bed it is, it’s not yours. But not to worry as long as you eat right, you’re body will be able to cope with these difficulties. Oh, that’s right; when you’re traveling you will probably be eating out, and unable to control a vast majority of your food preparation.
Even if you are in good condition road trips will take a toll on your body. Here are some tips from your chiropractor to make your next road trip a little better. First and foremost get adjusted before you go if you are able. You know these trips are going to be hard on your body. It is good to give your self the best start possible. Sitting for a long period will be much easier if you are aligned properly.
Try to sit in a good posture. There are many posture aids for your car, and I recommend a few of them, but if time and money don’t permit, a good thick towel will mold to just about any position that you need.Putting something at the small of your back will help you to remember to sit properly.
Take healthy snacks. I know it’s so much easier to grab some prepackaged junk or candy to eat in the car, but with a little preparation time you can be more awake, alert and pleasant. Try sliced vegetables or fruit. With your body sitting still so much you don’t need a whole lot of calories, but you still need energy. Vegetables will give you that energy without making you feel sluggish. Additionally, if you have children traveling with you, you can avoid the wild sugar induced mood swings. The same goes for drinks; water is what your body needs.
You’re not going to be able to take your bed with you, but there are some things that you can do to get a better nights sleep. Most hotels have a gym of some kind, and if you’re going to be watching TV before bed anyway you might as well do it on the treadmill, or bike. I prefer being outside. This will tire you out as well as giving your joints a chance to get the nutrients they need. You don’t need to go all out but even a short 15 minute stroll is going to be better than nothing.
When you get home from your trip make sure that you have an appointment scheduled with your chiropractor, and massage therapist. You want to be back in pre-trip shape or better as soon as possible, and these people are the ones to make it happen.