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Traveling on a Plane or Train Soon? Try These Exercises to Prevent Stiffness and Pain

As we all emerge from the pandemic, more of us will find ourselves traveling or commuting to work again. But long hours of seating can lead to pain and stiffness. So try these 3 exercises while you are traveling to keep things together!

Calf Stretches: Getting tightness in our calves can lead to foot pain, ankles problems and even knee injuries. So keeping them stretched and flexible is important. To complete this stretch gently pull your toes up towards you while your heels stay planted. Then release and repeat on the other side. Try to move the ankle a little higher with each rep. Repeat 20 times on each leg.

Pec Stretch: The pec muscle, AKA the chest muscle, is important in maintaining proper posture, preventing shoulder injuries and neck pain. Keeping it flexible will help prevent these issues. To do this stretch sit up tall. Gentle squeeze your shoulder blades together as you stretch out the chest. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat 10 times.

Lower Back Stretch: Many of us suffer from lower back pain which can be caused by sitting too much. But keeping the muscles flexible and the joints mobile can help reduce pain. To complete this stretch place your hands on your thighs. Slowly glide them down your legs as your trunk follows. If you can rest your chest on your thighs, do so and feel the stretch in your lower back. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 3 times.

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