5 Stretches for Tight 'Stuck Behind the Wheel' Muscles

We’re officially back in school, and while it’s so wonderful to be back in a routine and the girls are happy to see their friends again, I forgot how many hours are spent in a car between carpool line and driving to dance team, gymnastics, and swim. 

Of course, I’m happy to be able to drive the girls around and spend the extra time with them, but it has served as a reminder to stretch the muscles that become tight and shortened from so many hours in the car!

Similar to sitting in a desk for many hours per day, driving for long periods of time shortens our hip flexor muscles. It can make them extremely tight and, in turn, can make our glutes even weaker. Lazy bums are extremely common (read more about this here), so it’s important to focus on lengthening our hip flexors and strengthening our glutes.

It’s also difficult to have awesome alignment while you’re behind the wheel. So many times, I’ll tune in and realize that my core is completely asleep, my neck is jutting forward, my shoulders have become earrings, and I’m gripping the wheel with both hands. I take a deep breath, exhale and pull in my core, sit up a little straighter, relax my shoulders, pull my head back, and take the tension out of my hands (while still maintaining control of the wheel, of course).

If you have tight “stuck behind the wheel" muscles, try these easy stretches.

 

Source: BY GINA HARNEYCertified personal trainer on SEPTEMBER 26, 2019, "5 Stretches for Tight 'Stuck Behind the Wheel' Muscles", www.webmd.com, https://blogs.webmd.com/food-fitness/20190926/5-stretches-for-tight-stuck-behind-the-wheel-muscles.

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