Packing up for another extended roadtrip in your RV, you can’t wait to drive 20 hours across the country to explore a new part of America!
There’s only one downside
Sitting for hours upon hours.
You know how bad it is for your posture and your back, and you can feel the strain it causes after a long drive cross-country. But up until this point, you’ve just accepted a sore back as a fact of RV living.
It’s mission-critical to enjoy every moment on the road. You don’t want to be held back by a completely preventable physical condition!
So if getting rid of back pain is important to you, take these 7 steps before, during, and after driving, and your sore back will be a figment of the past!
1. Practice Perfect Posture – Having good posture is one of the best ways to avoid sore backs while on the road. What’s perfect posture look like? Make sure to sit up with your back straight and your shoulders back. Your butt should touch the back of your chair. In order to achieve this position, follow these steps: sit at the end of your chair and slouch; draw yourself up and curve your back as much as possible – hold for ten seconds; slightly release the position. Practice this for a week before your next RV trip to ensure perfect posture next time you’re on the road.
2. Tennis Ball Anyone? – Using tennis balls to help release tension is a common method used by sport trainers and physical therapists. You’ll need two tennis balls in two different socks for this exercise. The intent here is to stretch out the erectors, the long muscles that extend from your lower back up to your neck on both sides of the spine. Place the two tennis balls in socks behind you, and lay down slowly. extending over the two balls. Start in the low to mid back region, and use your legs to slowly roll your back over the tennis balls. Do this up and down your entire back.
3. Breaks Are Good For The Body – If possible, get up and move around every few hours, no matter where you are. If you’re at work, stand up and stretch. If you’re retired and lounging near the RV, take a walk every couple hours. If you’re on the road driving, be sure to pull off every now and then to move around. Sitting down for extended periods of time is harmful for the back. Release some of this stress by moving every few hours.
4. Streeeetch It Out – If you have chronic pain, make sure to correct your posture first. Once you’ve mastered posture, learning how to stretch will do wonders in helping to address back pain. Some common stretches to include in your routine are the back flexion exercise and the knee to chest stretch. For the back flexion exercise, do the following: While lying on your back, pull both knees towards your chest while simultaneously pulling the head forward until a comfortable stretch is felt in a balled-up position. For the knee to chest stretch, lie on your back with knees bent and both heels on the floor. Then place both hands behind one knee and bring it to the chest.
5. Cut a Few Pounds – The spine’s job is to carry the body’s weight around and distribute it evenly. If one part of the body is disporportionaly larger than another, this causes unnecessary stress on the lower back. Drop a few pounds to relieve some of that stress.