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Travel Tips for the Ride Home?

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Are you traveling for Turkey Day?  We had been planning a trip to South Dakota, but when I realized how close December was after Thanksgiving this year (and also how far along I’d be-34 weeks!), I got to scared to make the trip. It’s a long drive through stretches of nothing in Wyoming. There are days this little one thinks my bladder is a trampoline, I swear! Roadside squatting didn’t seem appealing. I also was reading about long stretches of sitting and deep vein thrombosis in the third trimester, and in classic hypochondriac style, freaked out and told A. I’d make a turkey! So today is clean & prep  side dishes day instead of travel day.

Still, in case any of you get to go home for the holiday, I wanted to post my favorite yoga tips for comfort during long car rides. I meant to post this earlier in the week, but never got around to it. Sorry! Maybe you’ll catch this for your trip home. Or it will come in handy for Christmas travel. The pictures are old, but the poses are still some of my favorite for long car rides.

Tip 1.  Usually, I’m an advocate of bringing my own water bottles, but on long car trips plastic bottles come in handy. After a certain amount of time sitting, sometimes I notice restless legs or numbness and tingling. This can also help with low back pain, and it’s so simple, anyone can do it:

IMG_2477Switch legs after 10-15 minutes, and then remove. It seems silly, but it actually makes a difference! And both driver and passenger can do this pose.

Tips 2 & 3. Stretch at every rest stop. Do whatever feels best for your body–I usually like stretching my arms up as high as I can and doing the Bikram’s version of half moon–reaching side to side with arms extended. Forward folds are also nice. And finally, use the car or curb as props for these two stretches.

IMG_2480IMG_2478The second pose is my favorite for hip and low back pain. It’s VERY IMPORTANT to keep your foot flexed in this pose for the safety of your knee. If your car bumper sits lower, you can bend your standing leg until you feel the stretch (or pain in your butt–literally). Depending on your flexibility level, you will want your hip pretty close to being parallel to your knee. It’s also important to not slouch during this pose. Keep a flat, straight back, and bring your sternum forward toward the front of the car.

Tip 4. Stay hydrated, and eat some potassium. I find it helps with muscle cramps and fatigue during long drives.

There are a ton of other poses you can do once you get where you are going, but I like these best for travel because they don’t involve sitting on the ground and getting dirty, they are quick and easy, and they are effective for most travel pains.

Since we’re staying home and having Thanksgiving here, I’d love to hear about your travel plans. Vicarious traveling. Feel free to comment below 🙂

With Love & Gratitude this Thanksgiving Eve,

Keri

 

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