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Travel season is an exciting time full of new adventures and experiences. But let’s face it, long flights, bus rides, and car trips can take a toll on our bodies. That’s why it’s essential to make stretching a part of your travel routine. Not only does it feel great, but it also has numerous benefits that will keep you feeling your best during your travels. 

First and foremost, stretching helps to improve circulation, which is crucial when you’re sitting for extended periods. Sitting for long periods can cause blood to pool in your legs, leading to discomfort, swelling, and even blood clots. By stretching, you can help get your blood flowing and prevent these issues from arising. 

Stretching also helps to reduce stress and tension in your muscles. When you’re traveling, you’re likely carrying bags, walking long distances, and sitting for extended periods—all of which can lead to muscle tension and soreness. By stretching, you can release this tension and feel more relaxed. 

Additionally, stretching can help improve your posture. When you’re sitting for long periods, it’s easy to slouch or hunch over, leading to back and neck pain. By stretching your back, shoulders, and neck, you can help improve your posture and reduce discomfort. 

But stretching isn’t just good for your body; it’s also good for your mind. Taking a few minutes to stretch can help you relax and de-stress, which is especially important when you’re traveling. Traveling can be overwhelming and taking a few minutes to stretch can help you clear your mind and refocus. 

So, how can you incorporate stretching into your travel routine? It’s easy! Start by taking a few minutes to stretch before you leave for your trip. Focus on stretching your legs, back, shoulders, and neck. During your trip, take breaks to stretch whenever you can. Whether you’re on a plane, bus, or car, take a few minutes to stand up and stretch your legs. 

These are some of our favorite self-stretches, approved by our experts, demonstrated by Devin, one of our Stretch Therapists  from our UES studio in NYC. 

We recommend doing 3-5 reps of each stretch.

Right Scalene Neck Stretch
Left Scalene Neck Stretch
Seated Back Rotation
Standing Quad Stretch

You’ve earned your time away from work and your day-to-day life routines! Get the most out of your vacation by feeling your best from the time you leave the house, to the day you return. Your body and mind will thank you. Safe and healthy travels!