Research finds taking a short walk most effective way to stop discomfort on long car journeys

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A study has found taking a 10-minute stroll while on a long journey relieves pressure on your body.

After a long period of time on a car journey, some people can begin to feel achy or have pain in their legs and other areas of the body. Researchers from Nottingham Trent University, Imperial College and Loughborough University have been looking at how to alleviate stress on the body.


Using a driving simulator and a treadmill, researchers established that during a two-hour drive, pulling over and taking a 10-minute walk helps relieve the discomfort of being cooped up in a confined space for a long period of time.

Head of engineering at Nottingham Trent University, professor Neil Mansfield told the Daily Mail: "Drivers should plan breaks at regular intervals in order to reduce discomfort during and at the end of their journey.

"When drivers stop at service stations they undertake a range of different activities. Some stay in their seats and take the opportunity to use their phones or devices, while others may choose to walk to a nearby café and sit with a coffee for a few minutes."

One of the suggestions from the research is to walk as far away from the service area restaurants as possible when you pull over, maximising the distance you cover on foot.

The findings of the research could also be applied to those traveling on a long-haul flight, with a brief walk up and down the aisle helping relieve discomfort of sitting in a seat for hour after hour.