“The Rest-Stop Slide”
“I’ve got to move
Come let me take you on a party ride
And I’ll teach you, teach you, teach you
I’ll teach you the Rest-Stop Slide”
Oh my goodness, friends. If there’s one thing I’m a sucker for in this world, it’s road trips. Terrible 7-11 snacks (sour patch kids and hot Cheetos for me please), mediocre car karaoke to songs you wouldn’t usually admit you know all the words to, and those weird rabbit-hole conversations where you’re not entirely sure how you got there. Some of the best memories can be made in-between where you’re leaving and where you’re going, so don’t let sore muscles and stiff limbs keep you from living your best lives. If you’re hitting the road for a good chunk of time, you’ll undoubtedly have to pull over for gas or a bladder break. During those pauses in travel, follow these movements to keep yourself stretched, limber, and prevent cramping.
Step 1: Go for a quick walk. Even if that walk means meandering about the gas station browsing for the next round of snacks.
Step 2: Stretch your legs. Pull your ankle up behind you to stretch out your quads, try to touch your toes, and drop into a lunge, extending the leg in front of you.
Step 3: Do some twists and rotations. Your spine is probably going to feel tight from being seated for so long. Stand with your legs shoulder width apart and twist so you’re looking behind you without turning your neck. Then, roll your neck forwards, back, and side to side.
Step 4: Give yourself a hug. Stretch your arms out to the side as far as they can go - get a really good reach! Then, cross your arms over your chest in a “hug like” motion, trying to get your hands as far behind you as you can.
Step 5: Reach for the sky! Stretch your arms up over your head as high as you can get them, hold it for a second, and then slowly reach behind you to give your back a good stretch as well.
Ta-da! A few quick movements, like a little dance, can help in making sure your summer road trip isn’t spent nursing your muscles and bones. Believe it or not, the human body wasn’t created to sit in a vehicle for hours and hours, but we do it anyway because the car karaoke, junk food, and friends make it worth it. Safe driving!