Understanding where pain comes from. In order to be able to act effectively, it is necessary to know where the problem comes from, and where it does not come from. Otherwise, you risk hitting the wrong target and discourage you. The main problem related to long journeys in sitting position is the lack of movement. In any position, certain parts of the body are compressed, others stretched, and others remain in a neutral state. This is completely normal, and usually does not cause problem, because we move automatically to change our position. However, when we stay motionless, some parts of the body end up missing oxygen, and the acidity stagnates in these tissues.
OPTIMIZE YOUR POSITION
The driver’s position should be both comfortable and practice. I recommend that you adjust the seat so that the pedals are accessible to you without having to extend the legs completely. Otherwise it will be difficult to relax while driving. You should also be able to grab your steering wheel by having the elbows bent and relaxed, without having to take off the trunk of your seat. A backrest very slightly inclined towards the back allows the seat to effectively support your back, without making you lose visibility!
If your car allows it, adjust the position of the reinforcement lumbar and side reinforcements. Once the settings facts, place you in a neutral driving position straighten up then release the position a little, then adjust the mirrors to this position.
KNOW WHAT EXERCISES TO DO
We are now going to get to the heart of the matter: movements and exercises that can help you during the route. This does not concern the moments of pause, which we’ll see right after. Pelvis rockers are a must, especially when seated. These movements, achievable in all directions, are present in the video. At the time, it may be unpleasant, but you should feel better after a few reps. Self-aggrandizement is useful for engaging most back muscles and stretch. Slightly hollow out the bottom of the back, pull your shoulders back, gently tuck your chin and grow, as if you were looking to do 2cm more when you are measured! Inhale as much as possible at the same time to open your rib cage.
ENJOY BREAKS TO THE MAXIMUM
We cannot say it enough: it is strongly recommended to take regular breaks (about every two hours), whether for your back or for your vigilance. Nevertheless, a legitimate question arises: how to make are these breaks really beneficial for you? Before getting out of your car, I advise you to redo certain movements seen previously. For instance, perform about ten forward pelvic movements, back and to the sides, then turn to each side like checking behind your seat a few times.