Yoga style stretches can be done at rest stops using park benches, picnic tables, trees and walls.
The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports encourages adults to exercise at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week to improve health and reduce the risks of chronic disease. Even when spending long periods seated in a chair or behind the driver’s wheel, people should take a few moments periodically for stretching, deep breathing and brisk walking to stay mentally alert and physically fit.
“Getting out of your car to walk, take deep breaths and stretch your muscles will help keep you alert, relaxed and pain-free. This will prevent motor vehicle accidents and give you another way to incorporate exercise into your day,” said former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas.
According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, drivers who spend more than four hours behind the wheel without a break are likely to suffer from mental fatigue, eye strain and lower back stiffness, all of which can lead to motor vehicle accidents.
The council and Governor’s Highway Safety Program installed Park Bench Yoga displays at sites along Vermont roadways, thanks to support from sponsors including Cooperative Insurance Companies.
For more, download our Park Bench Yoga (PDF) brochure.