Several research studies show that the average commuter spends up to 40 hours per month in a car, and that’s a really long time to be sitting down and dealing with traffic; more than 1 hour per day! This includes commuting to and from work, grocery shopping, as well as going on road trips too. One of the biggest problems with spending that much time in a car is that you don’t get enough time to exercise, after all, finding the time or space to work out while sitting in a car not easily done. That isn’t 100 percent true though, because even while sitting in your car can you find a way to keep fit. You can work out during breaks from driving at a gas station or rest stop, and you can even exercise in your car while driving or when stopped at a red light.
Working Out On The Go
Losing weight and building muscle aren’t the only reasons as to why working out in your car or during breaks from driving, it’s also good for your general health; sitting for prolonged periods of time is never good. This is because when you sit for too long, your calf muscles don’t contract or get used, and this can mean the weakening of the muscles, and much more. When your calf muscles don’t contract for a long time, the blood in your legs stops circulating as well, and without proper circulation, there is the chance of blood clots forming in your legs, and these can prove to be fatal. Here are 10 exercises that you can do in order to stay active, stay fit and healthy, and keep the blood flowing through your legs to avoid those nasty blood clots. It doesn’t matter if you spend a lot of time in your car, because these simple exercises can always be done on the go.
Exercises You Can Do In Your Car
- Calf Raises/Toe Raises – This is a fantastic exercise to do in your car, and you can do it as a driver or as a passenger too. If you are driving you can do the toe and calf raises while stopped at a red light. All you have to do is lift up your heels as much as you can and put all of the weight on the balls of your feet; this will stretch your calves. Follow this up by lifting your toes as high as possible in order to stretch the shins. Repeat this exercise 15-20 times for the most results.
- Abdominal Contractions – This is a great exercise that you can do as a passenger or as a driver, and you can even do it while driving! All you need to do is suck in your stomach as much as possible, flex your stomach/abdominal muscles, and hold it for as long as you can (at least 20 seconds) while you continue to breath. Remember, don’t hold your breath while doing this!
- Knee Lifts – This is another very easy exercise to do while sitting in your car, however it can really only be done as a passenger because the steering wheel will get in your way otherwise. To do this exercise, simply move your seat back and sit towards the front of it. Keeping your knees at a 90 degree angle, pull your knees up towards your chest as far as you can manage, and while doing this, make sure to flex your core muscles. The trick here is to hold it for 3-5 seconds and repeat it up to 20 times, all the while making sure that your feet don’t touch the ground in between repetitions.
Exercises You Can Do At A Restaurant Or Gas Station
- Forward Lunges – This exercise is great to do while your gas tank is filling up or even just before you go into the restaurant for a bit to eat. You should do 15-20 lunges per leg, and as you get stronger, you can either increase the repetitions or number of sets that you do. Lunges are great because the work your hamstrings, glutes, quads, and if you flex your abs, they will work your core as well.