by Massage Therapist Michelle Young

driving

It’s time to start thinking a little differently as to what position we hold our bodies. Let us begin with our driving posture. Reevaluate your current hand position, head and shoulder position, and the distance at the legs.

So here’s the assignment…

  1. Adjust the seat so your knees bend 45 degrees. Press your back into the seat, from low back on up to the shoulders.
  2. Squeeze your shoulder blades, then push the back of the shoulders against the seat. Try to relax here.
  3. Rest your head against the headrest. Adjust the height for your comfort.
  4. Place palms face up on the bottom of the steering wheel, at 8 and 4 o’clock. (10 and 2 o’clock puts our shoulders in a rounded shoulder posture)
  5. Work on this posture change all the time. It will only improve your posture if you constantly are reminding yourself of your poor position. It does become really comfortable over time. Keep practicing. Just relax.

Exercise Tip
Yes, it is possible to exercise while driving! Press your belly button back, into the seat, with your inhale and exhales. 3 sets of 10 is always a great place to start. This works on your core strength, which is what it takes to hold your body upright with ease. And it teaches you to focus on your breath.