Could driving make you healthier?
The average American spends 42 hours a year stuck in rush hour traffic.
If you’re commuting, don’t waste your time waiting out the gridlock and try these HealthyERHacks to get you on the road to better health.
- If your car has heated seats, bump up the temperature to help relax stiff lower back muscles. The continuous low heat is just warm enough to provide temporary relief if you are experiencing minor back pain or discomfort.
- Peppermint as an essential oil provides relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature. Dab some on your wrists or pop in a mint-scented air freshener for a happier drive.
- If you suffer from chronic pain, driving can be surprisingly helpful in taking your mind off what ails you. Podcasts and audiobooks offer just enough distraction to keep your mind occupied, while staying safe on the road.
- Use car time to get your brain active by singing songs! Not only is music proven to make you happier, it can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Remembering the words to your favorite songs also keeps your brain sharp for years to come.
- Correcting good posture is a long-term effort, but long car trips are a great way to start. It may be tempting to slouch in the comfort of your car’s padded seats, but don’t get too cozy. Keep at it to maintain a healthier body position.
- When both hands are not at the wheel, use breaks in your commute to work on your body’s pressure points. By stimulating sensitive areas of the body, you can provide relief to many aches and pains. Certain pressure points even relieve nausea if you are prone to motion sickness. Do some research or speak to your doctor to see what works for you.
- Use sunscreen! You may not realize it, but your skin is being exposed to the sun while you drive. Apply broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher to keep your skin safe. Sunglasses are also important to keep your eyes safe from the sun’s damage due to too much exposure. A polarized pair of sunglasses provides the most protection.
Making your health a priority is important to your well-being and longevity. Next time you are on the road, take advantage of the extra time to think of unexpected ways which could help improve your health.