5 Ways to Stay Fit In Your Car
Posted March 18, 2013
Picture yourself in a small car during a long road trip. Cramped behind the driver, your legs have but inches to move between the bags, snacks, and extra clothes in the back seat. All you want to do is stand up, stretch, and do some jumping jacks.
You might not be able to do a full workout in the car, but this month, we’re shifting from auto repair tips to give you 5 simple exercises to do on the road to keep you in shape!
Squeeze, Hold, Release
When you squeeze and hold a muscle, it’s called an isometric contraction. Whatever a muscle’s job is, these exercises help tone and prepare them for that job. Simply squeeze or flex a muscle, hold it for 5 to 10 seconds, and release. Try this with your hands, biceps, or even your thighs. Repeat at least 5 times for best results!
We all know getting stuck in rush hour can leave us feeling pretty tense. You can release tension in your shoulders by shrugging! Raise your shoulders up to your ears, hold the pose for 8 to 10 seconds, and repeat as many times as you need to feel relaxed! This will not only make your drive better, but also help you wind down from a long day at work.
Simple toe raises strengthen the muscles in front of your shins, which will help cut down on shin splints. For best results: Lift toes, hold for 10 seconds, relax, repeat.
Put your bag or a stack of books on your lap, lift your heels for ten seconds, and repeat. These heel raises will strengthen your quads!
Bicep Building…FOR CARS!
If you want to work on those beach biceps while you’re driving, try this one out: Grab the handle above the window and engage your biceps like you’re trying to lift yourself out of your seat. Hold this for 8-10 seconds, and repeat. Try switching seats at a rest stop or gas station to make sure you are working out both sides of your body.
While all of these activities will help you stay fit in your car, it’s important to note that your seatbelt should be buckled at ALL times and you should NEVER perform any of these exercises while driving.
For any other automotive questions, be sure to call us at (303) 344-4670 so our ASE-Certified technicians can help you out. As an auto repair shop in Aurora, we hope you’ll trust us with all your automotive needs!
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