As summer approaches and kids are out of school, many of us will be taking family vacations. Some of these trips may be short weekends, but others will be longer treks to other states. Whether you are travelling by car, air or train it is important to take rest breaks so you can get up, move, and stretch.

While most of us enjoy the opportunity to hit the road and travel, it can be hard on your body. Prolonged sitting, especially while driving, can have many negative effects on your neck and back, but taking the time to regularly stretch throughout your trip can help your body feel less stiff and tight. It can also get your blood moving throughout your body and help you stay more alert, especially the driver.

Check out these simple, yet effective stretches that can be done at any rest stop, airport, or gas station. Important note: Slowly move through the range of motion that feels right for your body. You should never have any pain, only a light-medium stretch. If you have any questions check with your health care provider for advice. Click here for stretches.

Create a “Rest Stop Regimen” for yourself that includes walking and stretching. It will only take you 5 minutes, but it will be well worth the time as you arrive at your destination feeling good. Take the time to ease your tension on the road and make for happier travels.

Do you get stiff and sore after sitting for long periods in the car or plane? Remember, travel doesn’t need to be a pain. Check out these tips, that can be done while seated, to help your body tolerate those long car rides or plane trips.