My husband and I are driving from Paris, France down south. We stopped at a rest stop and were delighted to find an entire outdoor gym of exercise equipment! Which inspired the topic of the importance of moving while traveling.
It’s extremely important when you're traveling, whether it's on an airplane or in a car (hey, or even in a boat!) that every so often you get up and move. Move your legs, your back, your arms, and your whole body!
It's not good for our circulation to be sitting in the same position for hours on end and it’s especially unhelpful for our lymphatic system which has important work to do in detoxing our body.
Not moving much on a trip can also contribute to you feeling kind of, well, blah. You know the feeling.
Between altered sleep routines, different time zones, jet lag, and poor nutrition, adding in too much sitting to the equation is certainly not going to help you feel your best.
I recommend setting an alarm on your phone to remind yourself to move every hour or two. This way you won’t forget and it ensures you follow through with your intention. You can then set an alarm for 7-10 minutes once you’re moving just to see how much you can fit into that short period.
You’ll be amazed at how much movement you can get in within 7 minutes. In my video, I showed off a cool rest stop in France that had that fun adult gym equipmentI mentioned earlier. In the 3 minute video, I did some exercising and I was already out of breath by the end! It really doesn’t take much time or effort to get results.
So you’ve set your timer. You’re up and at em’. Now what?
There are some very simple exercises you can do to get your circulatory and lymphatic system moving and get you feeling great on the road.
Start with some twists, some bending, or even just walking. If you’re in a confined space like an airplane, just walk up and down the aisles.
When I’m in the States, where there are no fancy adult gyms at rest stops, I just get out of the car and I do seven minute high intensity workouts.
These workouts are super simple:
I do these every couple of hours and it really helps me to feel my best, increases my energy, and keeps me healthy.
I challenge you on your next trip to set that timer, get moving, and come by the Kanari Facebook Group and tell up your results!