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Holiday Travel Tips

Traveling around the holidays frequently leads us astray from regular schedules and routines. As someone who immensely enjoys holiday traditions and spending time with family, I often (but happily) find myself at the mercy of my environment while away from home; deep in the snowy Saskatchewan countryside roughly one hour away from a gym. Being creative in order to stay mobile and healthy during this season of life is imperative to training after the holiday season is over.

Here are my tips to staying loosey goosey during your travels away from home.

Escape the Packed Vehicle: While traveling to and from your destination, escape the confines of the jam packed vehicle and walk around. Still, if you are not “the one” that has to use the restroom, get yourself out of the vehicle and move. This helps get the blood moving in your legs and prevents muscle cramps and stiffness. Do simple, quick movements like high knees, butt kicks, toy soldiers, side bends, lift yourself onto your toes, and twist the torso from left to right. This takes no time at all!

Gas Station Stretchies: while stopping for gas, performing simple stretches such as touching your toes and reaching above your head will counteract the compressive forces on the spine from sitting. Lean down and touch your toes to stretch your hamstrings. Place your arms over your head, and reach to the sky. Simultaneously, squeeze your glutes forward to stretch your hip flexors and reposition the hip joint. Even something as simple as using the tire on your vehicle to stretch can be useful. Place your foot against the tire to stretch your calf. Place your foot on top of the tire, with the knee in a flexed position, lean forward to stretch the hips.