Long rides can sometimes make you feel bored and constricted…perhaps even lazy. However, even in the small constrain of your car seat, there’s plenty you can do to stay fit and healthy! This month, we are shifting from auto repair tips to give you 5 simple exercises that you can do on those long car trips to keep you in shape!
Squeeze, Hold, Release
When you squeeze and hold a muscle, it is 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.
We all know how being stuck in rush hour can leave us feeling pretty tense. You can release tension in your shoulders with simple shrugs! Raise your shoulders up to your ears, hold it 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 (804) 642-2440 so our certified mechanics can help you out. As a car repair shop in Gloucester, VA we hope you’ll trust us with all your automotive needs!