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4 Easy Car Exercises

1008076_rural_road__1.jpgNo time to exercise? Stuck in a traffic jam with a long journey ahead of you?

There’s always a way to squeeze in a little exercise no matter where you are. Just make sure if you are driving that you only do these exercises when you have stopped or when it is absolutely safe to do them…

1. Tone Your Butt

You can tone the gluteal muscles almost anywhere by squeezing together your buttock muscles for 10 seconds and then releasing. Repeat 10 times.

2. Pull in Your Stomach

Faltten your stomach by breathing out and pulling your stomach in towards your back as far as possible. Hold for six seconds and release. Repeat 10 times.

3. Squeeze Your Thighs

Squeeze your thighs together as hard as you can. Hold for 10 seconds and release. Repeat 10 times. If this is too easy you can increase the toning effect by squeezing something like a ball of sweater between your legs.

4. Exercise Your Shoulders

Keeping your arms and shoulders relaxed and holding lightly onto the steering wheel, lower your shoulders and pull back as far as you can moving your shoulder blades together. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times.

Do you know any other great exercises to do in the car?

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10 Responses to “4 Easy Car Exercises”

  1. Deb Nystrom on June 3rd, 2008

    Facial and breathing exercises (lift chin, deep breaths) – and various streching light exercises for upper body if stopped in traffic such as triceps: lift arm over head, bend as if to touch your back, guide upper arm slightly for deeper strech gently – careful, not warmed up to not overdo it.

    And, there’s always kegels.

  2. Jan on June 3rd, 2008

    Thanks for those additional exercises Deb – I always forget the kegels – but they are very important!

  3. Tom on June 4th, 2008

    I agree with Deb, that breathing exercises can be very good in the car. I just did a quick search and the first result had a few good breathing exercises. Here is the link: http://cas.umkc.edu/casww/brethexr.htm

  4. Jan on June 4th, 2008

    Thanks for the breathing exercises link Tom

    Maybe if we all did a few of these it would cut down on road rage …

  5. Lynn on July 23rd, 2008

    Jan,
    Thanks for the great tips. Next time I am waiting to pick up a child from school or band practice, I will be making use of these.

  6. Tom Beagle on September 9th, 2008

    The main thing is to DO something! If you have to do it in the car…fine. Most people don’t even get started. Exercise is important. Diet is also important. They are also the two main reasons people can’t lose fat and get a flat stomach. Check out why…

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  7. Adrianna on September 18th, 2008

    Thanks for the tips. From now on I”ll do this exercise whenever I’m stuck in traffic jam.

  8. joe smith on November 19th, 2008

    if the car is parked u could deadlift the car or do pullups on the top of the trunk

  9. Sam on August 12th, 2011

    If you want to loose calories, the best way is to swear at anything and everything at the top of your voice. Topics include traffic jams, the slow drivers, the fast drivers, the stupid RJ who keeps blabbering, the rain, the empty fuel gauge, your reflection in the mirror and so on. At least by the time you get to work, you would be all refreshed with all the negative energy out of you and could step out from out of the car with a smile on your face.

    Warning: Never do this exercise while giving a lift, espicially to your boss.

  10. lloyd faughskyn on March 23rd, 2012

    @Sam
    Great advice , thank you . Another good tip is to try and crush the steering wheel between your arms

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