4 Quick and Simple Exercises with the Good-N-Tight Ratchet Strap Tightening Handle
When you are a truck driver, time is of the essence. And either you have a lot of time, or you have none. But there are moments throughout your day where you can sneak in a few quick moves to help you feel better, wherever you are with your Good-N-Tight Ratched Strap Tightening Handle handy. The Good-N-Tight is amazing when you don’t want to throw out your shoulder or back tieing down a load and gives you three times the leverage. And as my husband always says, “work smarter not harder”. This is one tool you definitely want to get and have handy anytime you need to use a ratchet strap.
But this blog isn’t about how to use this tool for securing your load. It’s about how to double down and use this tool to help you feel better, whenever you are with small simple moves you can do it anytime, anywhere. These four simple moves are perfect for those in-between moments when to help reduce stiffness, bring a little energy back into your body, stretch, and strengthen so you don’t throw your back out getting in and out of the truck (it happens).
Here are 4 Quick and Simple Moves You Can Do With The Good-N-Tight:
Good-N-Tight Oblique Side Bend
This is a great move to help tone your waist and both stretch and strengthen your lower back, hips, and obliques.
- Step your feet wider than hips-width apart.
- Point your toes forward and square your hips.
- With your Good-N-Tight in hand reach your arms up overhead.
- Relax your shoulders down and soften your front rib cage down as well.
- Take a deep breath in and gently slide your hips to the right as you lean your upper body and arms to the left.
- Press your arms straight and reach through the Good-N-Tight, like you were to stamp it on the wall next to you.
- Hold this for 5 breaths, and on the exhale come back to center and repeat the opposite side.
- Inhale press your hips to the right and tip your upper body and arms to the left.
- Exhale return to center, pulling your hips back first and your upper body to sit on top.
- Repeat the opposite side: Inhale to lean, exhale to return.
- 5-10 times on each side.
Good-N-Tight Triceps Stretch
This is a wonderful stretch to combat all that drive time opening your chest, toning your upper back, and releasing your shoulders.
- Standing tall grab the Good-N-Tight with your right hand and extend your arm up overhead.
- Bend your top elbow and tuck your hand behind your head, laying the Good-N-Tight down your spine.
- Roll the top tricep inward towards your head, turning your triceps to face forward (this may be difficult, especially if your shoulders are tight or bulky).
- Tuck your left hand behind you to grab the bottom of the Good-N-Tight and work to roll your left shoulder open, feeling the shoulder blade press inward towards the spine.
- Stand even taller and breathe calmly for 5 to 10 breaths.
- Repeat the opposite side.
Good-N-Tight Chest Expander
Slouching, leaning, hunching, driving, and carrying often leave our body hunched forward and frozen in place. This quick move gives your body a break and counterposes all that rounding forward. Breathe easy and feel your chest, pecs, and shoulders open as your core gets a little wake-up call.
Standing tall with your feet at a comfortable distance grab your Good-N-Tight.
Tuck your hands behind you and grab hold of either side of your new exercise equipment.
Roll your shoulders in towards your spine as you drop them down away from your neck.
Inhale drive your hips and pelvis forward as you pull your arms down and back.
Gently look up and stretch!
Hold this for 5 breaths, and repeat 3 to 5 times.
Good-N-Tight Calf Stretch
Your calf is the hydraulic pump for your lower body to get blood flow back up the heart. Restricted calves inhibit the calf to do its job, making the heart have to work harder. Tight calves also cause knee and back pain. Let’s give the body some relief with a quick stretch!
- Place the Good-N-Tight on the ground.
- Standing tall, place the ball of one foot up on the lip of your new exercise equipment, keeping your heel on the ground.
- Square your hips and slowly inch your free foot forward until you feel a stretch in your calf.
- Stand even taller and press down into your stretching heel as you hold the stretch for 5 to 10 breaths.
Repeat the opposite side and do this stretch 1-3 times each day.
Pushing yourself in a quick workout is important, but you should never allow yourself to just sit there because you think you need fancy equipment. Make sure you’re choosing quality over quantity. And look around your truck, what do you have laying around. What could be multi-purpose? And remember instead of thinking you need all sorts of crazy fitness in your life, think movement, where can I get more movement in? Along with your new Good-N-Tight moves get out and walk for an added boost to your body, mind, and spirit. Happy moving!
This blog post is in partnership with Bud and Tony’s Truck Parts! Bud and Tony are on a mission to give back to the trucking community and by teaming up with Mother Trucker Yoga, they are doing it, one move at a time. Check out more about Bud and Tony over on their site: www.BudAndTonysTruckParts.com