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Stretching Your Miles On The Road

Everyone has seen the old wolves, lumbering stiff-legged across the diner, bent forward a bit and no longer able to stand straight. For every one you see still hauling, there are a dozen off the road permanently, unable to deal with the pain of compressed spines, bulged disks, and arthritis. They have sacrificed their body to keep America running, but you can get your miles without the agony.

One of the most important things you can do to keep yourself on the road is to take the time to stretch during your rest breaks and fuel stops. Corporate America has long understood that their desk workers needed to get up and move. Some companies have even started mandatory programs to encourage activity. Stretching will help keep your joints flexible and healthy.

Here are a few to look at:

  1. The Classic Toe Touch - Stand outside by your rig and bend at the waist, stretching toward your toes with your outstretched arms. This will help you limber up down through your back, hips, glutes, and into your hamstrings. When you feel a tight pull, hold up there for a few moments before standing back up.
  2. Do the Twist - Stand next to your cab (near the step up handle if it has one) and turn your body, reaching across with your opposite hand toward the cab. This helps stretch the muscles that stabilize your torso. Once you're done, turn around and do it again facing the other direction.
  3. The Thrust - You probably want to do this one in the sleeper. Lay on your back, knees bent and feet flat on the bed. Put your arms flat, palms down to hold you steady. Now, push your hips up toward the roof. Feel that back pop? That's the potholes coming back out.

Those will get you started. Give it a few weeks and you will notice the difference as you go down the road. Need a new truck to stretch out the roadway in? Come by Michigan Truck Sales and Service next time you're in the Grand Rapids area. We're your stop for whatever your rig needs. Contact us today to find out how we can get you back on and keep you on the road.

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