When you drive, it can be particularly dangerous if one of your legs, arms suddenly shows sign of a spasm. Muscle spasm makes you temporarily lose control of the steering wheel or the brake pedal. Though sometimes the moment could last only few seconds, but that could be a few seconds different between life or death. Knowing that now, you better prepare your body in a way that to not put you in dangerous situations. Dig in to see how these simple 7 tips can help you do that.
1. Have a proper driving posture
It is advisable that you adopt a perfect driving posture, i.e you feel comfortable while driving. You should not rest your arm on the stick, keep your legs in a position that prevent blood flow and your back should be upright, meaning if you draw a line from your neck to your spine, it should be perpendicular to the seat and should not cross the chest (the chest should be leaning forward a little bit). Yout bottom and your shoulders should be the two points that touch the seat. If there's only one point touching the seat, the wheel might be too far and you should adjust your seat position.
Two points of the back should touch the seat while you are driving
2. Stretch once in a while
It's really hard to keep a correct position during the whole journey, especially with the long ones. Not to mention the devastating medical impact on your brain of driving for too long. So once in a while, if the destination is still far away, it's okay to stop at a, say, gas station so that you could go out, free up the load on your spine and stretch your arms and legs a little bit.
Yes, take a break and stretch your body, babe
3. Have a balanced diet
Besides keeping your bodily function working at its best performance, drinking enough water actually prevents muscle spasm. Remember to drink enough water and keep track of the amount you drink. An adult should drink somewhere between 2,5l to 4 l of water every day. Also, remember to keep a balanced diet, specifically micronutrients like Calcium and/or magnesium.
4. Put on comfortable clothes
As mentioned above, if the blood flow is restricted, muscle spasm will likely take place. So even if you really like that leather pants or tight Nike shoes, never wear them to go on a long journey but instead keep them in your car.
5. Exercise regularly
To increase the metabolism in your body, there's no better way than exercising, be it home gym, long-distance running or Yoga. Virtually any form of exercise that gets you up on your feet and sweats a little would help.
6. Have good sleep
A good night sleep is an ultimate way for your body to recover from any kind of stress or bodily damage. The cerebral fluid will wash away all the byproduct created from stress, leaving you fresh and more alert in the morning. Never forget to sleep well, my friends.
There's actually no better way to recover yourself than a good night sleep, so remember to sleep a sufficient amount of hours