Road trips usually mean long hauls in the car confined to a small area, limited to gas station nourishment and nearly no opportunity to stretch your achy muscles. Long car rides don’t have to be miserable and there are several ways you can actually make healthy choices while on the road. The very first item of business before hitting the road will be to make sure you car is up for the challenge. Check out the maintenance check lists available at Cars.com to ensure you’ve taken care of all the important aspects of your car’s operational capacity. Once your car is ready to hit the open road, consider how you plan on fueling your own engine while driving. Sure, the allure of colorful rainbow of wildly unhealthy gas station food items is hard to resist. But, resist you must. You can avoid such temptations by hitting your neighborhood grocery store before your departure date to load up on healthier options like granola bars, trail mix, fruit and vegetables. Not only are these healthier snack choices for which your waistline will thank you, but they also will keep you feeling satisfied longer since they pack way more protein and fiber than your average bag of gas station cheese curls.
Believe it or not, you can also do a little exercise while driving long distances in the car. Side twists are great for keeping the middle section trim and they’re relatively easy to do while driving. If you clench your core muscles tightly, it doesn’t take much twist to the right or the left to get the maximum benefit from this exercise. If you’re driving with the cruise control on, you can take advantage of feet freedom by doing a few calf lifts on each side. These simple exercises can be done one foot at a time so you always have a foot free for braking. Start with your foot flat on the ground and slowly clench your calf muscle while raising your heel. You can also do deep breathing exercises easily while behind the wheel, just be sure you don’t breathe yourself into too relaxed a state that you lose focus on the road.