While you might not be able to run a mile or even do sit-ups while you’re in the passenger’s seat, there are still ways to burn calories while on the road! This month, we’re shifting from auto repair tips to give you five easy exercises that you can do on those long car trips to keep you in shape!
Squeeze, Hold, Release
Isometric contractions are when you squeeze and hold a muscle for any amount of time. These exercises will tone and strengthen your muscles, and pass the time during a long commute! Simply squeeze or flex a muscle, hold it for 5 to 10 seconds, and release. Try this with ANYTHING you can flex!
Heavy traffic can lead to plenty of stress—especially after a long day of work! You can release this stress in your shoulders with simple shrugs! While taking a deep breath, raise your shoulders up to your ears, hold it for 8 to 10 seconds, and exhale as you release. Repeat as many times as you need to feel relaxed!
Simple toe raises strengthen the muscles in front of your shins, which help cut down on shin splints. For best results: Lift toes, hold for 10 seconds, relax and repeat.
Put your bag or a stack of books on your lap, lift your heels for 10 seconds, and repeat. These heel raises will strengthen your quads and calves!
For beach-ready biceps, consider this exercise: 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 (262)-968-3324 so our ASE-Certified technicians can help you out. As an automotive shop in Mukwonago, we hope you’ll trust us with all your automotive needs!