Tue 26 Oct 2010
One may think it’s impossible or even silly to try to work out in your car, but that is not true! A few simple exercises can help you burn calories, reduce stiffness in your joints, and may even have you laughing your way along the highway. These exercises will also help you distress your muscles and make you feel more energetic and fresh! As a fact I would like to say here that it is a must do thing for you if you are going to be travelling in the car for more than 2 hours!
1.Squeeze and release, the most common exercises that can easily be done in the car are called isometric contractions. They involve squeezing or activating your muscle, holding the contraction for a few seconds, then release.
2.Release tension in your neck and shoulders with shoulder shrugs. Lift your shoulders up toward your ears, hold for 8 to 10 seconds, and lower. Repeat.
3.Keep your buttocks from getting numb by squeezing your gluteus muscles, hold for a count of 10, and then relax. Repeat.
4.Strengthen your inner thighs. Place a small pillow between your feet. Try to lift the item off the ground and squeeze your legs together at the same time. You can also place the pillow or other soft object between your knees and squeeze.
5.Toe raises will help work the muscles on the front of your shins. Lift toes, hold 10 seconds, relax and repeat.
6.Place a bag or stack of magazines on your lap to perform heel raises. Lift heels, hold for 8-10 seconds. Relax then repeat.
7.Hold onto the handle above window and engage the biceps as though you’re going to pull yourself out of your seat. Hold for 8-10 seconds, and then relax. Switch seats, if possible, after a rest stop to work the other arm.
8.Squeeze your abdominal muscles as though you’re trying to touch your ribs to your stomach, then release and sit up tall.
9.Do deep breathing exercises when you are travelling in areas which are surrounded by nature rather than the pollution of vehicles
10.Everyone besides the person driving can also do meditation and assertive visualization during the travel! These should never be done by the person driving!