Taking a summer road trip is a great way to see the sites and save on plane fare at the same time. Road trips are where the memories are made. But they are also associated with copious amounts of junk food and minimal physical activity. Road trips don’t have to be chock full of donuts and cheeseburgers though. Here are some tips to help you have a healthy and fun ride.
Posture, Posture, Posture
Posture is important all the time, but especially when you are driving or riding along in a vehicle for an extended period of time, the spine can easily tweak out of place. To avoid this, make sure you adjust your seat appropriately, and bring along pillows or a rolled up towel to put behind your back and force you sit upright.
Pack Your Sneakers
All you need for a good workout is a pair of sneakers. You might not hit the gym while on the road, but you can do some squats, some push ups, or go for a quick run to stay active. Because you are sitting in the car for so long, movement is key for circulation as well as fitness.
Protect Your Eyes
Exposure to sunlight via windshields and glares can be damaging to your eyes, so be sure to bring along a quality pair of sunglasses. Car windows don’t stop UVA and UVB rays, so you are not as protected as you think. A polarized pair of sunglasses can be even better, because they fight against glare and shine.
Pick Healthy Snacks and Water
This is one of the most important tips. We all like to snack on the road, and chips and soda are convenient and easy go-to’s. But don’t limit yourself! There are plenty of healthier choices out there. String cheese, fruit, nuts, and veggies are tasty options that pack less calories. And don’t forget the water. Sugary drinks will drag you down and won’t hydrate your body the way it needs, so go for the H2O.
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Story Credit: 13 Smart Ways To Stay Healthy On A Road Trip By Sophia Breene
Photo Credit: California Redwood Road Trip by Paige Burghardt. Used under a Creative Commons license.
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