|Tips for a Healthier Commute
According to a 2007 Gallup poll, the average commuter spends nearly 200 hours per year driving to and from work. Are you spending hours a week behind the wheel? If so, commuting may be chipping away at your overall well-being. Prolonged sitting coupled with the vibrations produced by the tires hitting the road can wreak havoc on the spine. Driving may also be emotionally stressful and exact a psychological toll. Dr. Smith is concerned about the effects of commuting on patients’ health and offers suggestions to help.
- Hit the road rested
- Sit comfortably
- Make the most of red lights to relax your body
- Enjoy soothing scents such as lavender or rosemary
- Breathe deeply
- Get a (gentle) grip
- Make your car a haven by removing trash daily
- Fuel your body to keep energy up and the mind sharp
- Break for breaks
- Take a musical journey
- Learn on the road – try an audio book
- Rest your eyes by shifting your focal point occasionally
- Keep a positive attitude
- Buddy up by carpooling
- Consider alternatives to driving
- Keep up with chiropractic care
Dr. Barbara Smith
Chiropractor and Health Educator
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