Here’s how to pain proof your daily commute
The average UK commuter spends about two hours every single week traveling back and forth to and from the office, and a lot of that time is spent parked on anything but comfortable public transportation seats that are really doing a number on your body.
Researchers at the University of Texas in America have discovered that these two hours of weekly commuting time are doing devastating work on your body, conspiring to cripple your back, crunch your neck, and generally put you through far more pain within you should ever have to worry about contending with.
It’s no surprise that most people have incredibly sore backs, ridiculously tight shoulders, and necks that are filled with knots. Many of these people resort to buying pain pills either over the counter or online. It is no wonder the painkiller addiction is on the rise, and although these pills often provide quick relief, it’s important to remember that they come at a cost. Painkillers containing codeine are particularly risky. Besides, popping pills can so easily be avoided by doing a handful of simple exercises on a regular basis.
Here are a couple of different things that you can do right after you get to work and right after you get home that can reverse the damage that your commute is causing.
Roll your shoulders
The first stretch you’re going to want to do when you get to the office or get home is one that focuses on releasing tension trapped in your shoulders and your upper back.
Lift your shoulders up just as high as you can (like you are trying to touch your shoulders to your years) and then roll them forwards and backwards, working tension out of these muscles along the way.
Pump up your calves
By pressing your body up onto your tip toes and then slowly glowing yourself back down again with a slight pause at the top will help stretch out all of your calf muscles and prevent cramps and leg pain. On top of that, you’ll be able to boost your blood circulation levels considerably. Your blood will become oxygenated, you’ll be able to focus better, and your lower back will hurt quite as much as it did in the past.
Touch your toes
Bending the all the way down in front of you, grabbing your toes, and then arching your back is a great way to stretch all of the muscles in your core and throughout your lower and upper back area.