Driving to and from work every day can eat up a lot of your time — time that could have been otherwise spent at the gym (if you hit the lottery and could quit your job). If you’re looking to get a workout into your daily schedule, you’ll be happy to know that there are some exercises you can do during your commute. However, only do these exercises when at complete stops, such as when traffic is at a stand-still or you’re stuck at a red light. Strengthening your body shouldn’t mean increasing your insurance rates!
Note: If you feel distracted or feel like doing these exercises will affect your commute negatively, don’t engage in these activities.
Traditional crunches aren’t the only way to tighten your abdominals. Livestrong.com suggests trying out the “spotlight crunch,” which consists of inhaling slowly and tightening your torso as you exhale. When you inhale, slowly relax your stomach while taking a deep breath and repeat the exhaling maneuver. Make sure that you’re sitting upright while doing this exercise and that your shoulders are straight over your hips.
O The Oprah Magazine features an article about invisible fitness moves you can do, and one of them helps you work out your buttocks. To do the “glute squeeze,” sit up straight, tighten your abdominal muscles, and squeeze your buttocks together for 3 to 5 counts. Then, release for 2 counts and repeat 15 to 20 times (for each set). While this article doesn’t mention doing this exercise in cars, it’s a sitting exercise. Try it with caution, and make sure the car is always stopped.
Working Your Core
This move from The Daily Beast can work out your core, back, arms, and shoulders all at once. When you’re at a light or stuck in traffic, place your hands on the roof of the car, squeeze your abs and push up with your arms simultaneously. This creates a hold that will strengthen many areas of the body.
If you want to work on strengthening and toning some muscles, your morning commute may be a good time to do it. The convenience of these low-maintenance moves can help you exercise even when you don’t think you have enough time.