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Travel Exercise Tips for a Fit and Active Summer Road Trip

By: KURU Footwear
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Summer is the season of the road trip. It is also the season for getting fit. You might think that balancing both is impossible, but that’s where you’re mistaken. Below, we will provide you with travel exercise tips to help you stay healthy and active during your summer road trip.


Key Takeaways

  • Stay fit and healthy while on a summer road trip by incorporating simple exercises into your journey.
  • Exercise helps keep your body moving and prevents blood clots caused by long periods of inactivity.
  • Take care of your feet while traveling for overall body health, and consider wearing shoes with proper support like KURU shoes.
Travel Exercise 1: Strengthen Your Core

Travel Exercise 1: Strengthen Your Core

Whether you’re the driver or the passenger, you can exercise your core while sitting in the car. Sit up straight, square your shoulders, and tighten your abdominal muscles. This travel exercise will help strengthen your core while providing comfort during the trip.

Tip: This exercise isn’t limited to your core muscles. You can also try squeezing, holding, and releasing your glutes, biceps, and calves. Repeat each exercise 15 times.


Travel Exercise 2: Car-Hood Pushups

Travel Exercise 2: Car-Hood Pushups

Whenever you take a break for gas or a restroom visit, make use of that time to stay active. Perform exercises like jogging in place, jumping jacks, and pushups. If you’re concerned about getting dirty on the gas station asphalt, place your hands on the hood of your car and extend your feet as far back as possible. This exercise can be done using the hood of your car as a support.

Tip: Be cautious during summer as the hood of your car can become hot due to the sun and engine heat. Consider wearing gloves or using a pad under your hands for protection.

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Travel Exercise 3: Elbow Touch

Travel Exercise 3: Elbow Touch

Bend your arms and extend your elbows out in front of you. Try to touch your elbows together across your chest. This travel exercise provides a stretch for your upper back and the area between your shoulder blades. Lean forward in your seat and attempt to touch your elbows behind your back to stretch your chest muscles. Please note that the driver should not perform this exercise.

Tip: You can modify this exercise to benefit other body parts as well. For instance, try bringing your shoulders together in front and back or sit on your feet and press your knees together. These modifications will help stretch different muscle groups.

Travel Exercise 4: Pressure Exercises

Travel Exercise 4: Pressure Exercises

Press your palms against each other with as much force as possible. You will feel the resistance and the muscles engaging. Using your own body as resistance helps strengthen your muscles and improves blood flow. Increased blood flow is essential to prevent blood clots that can occur due to prolonged periods of inactivity. This emphasizes the importance of travel exercises.

Tip: You can also try other pressure exercises such as pulling your feet up and pressing the bottoms together, clasping your hands behind your head and pressing against your skull, and pressing your knees together.

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KURU Shoes For Better Health

KURU Shoes For Better Health

Whenever you are traveling, no matter how much travel exercise you do, you have to make sure you give yourself the best chance at health possible. Did you know your whole body health begins in the feet? Our KURUSOLE technology offers excellent support and a deep heel cup that flexes with each step to make these shock absorber shoes the best possibility for comfortable feet.

But we did not stop there. Over time, foams in the footbed use your body heat to mold to your foot over time for a fit as custom and unique as your feet are. No matter where your road trip takes you this summer, KURU shoes will be there to help keep you healthy from the ground up. Do more and go longer for a better travel experience and happiness with KURU’s best walking shoes.

About Us

At KURU, we’re on a mission to help you Heel Better™ with footwear technology designed to relieve foot pain, so you can live a life you love. Since launching our innovative technology in 2008, we’ve received more than 29,000 five-star reviews from thousands of customers who tell us their KURU shoes helped them with conditions (such as plantar fasciitis) and got them back to doing what they love. Explore our guide to the best shoes for plantar fasciitis to find a pair that fits your needs.

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