Do you commute daily and want to exercise in car while driving? I know exercises you can do in your card sounds ridiculous, but if you’re an 80s kid like me you remember that TV show Sit and Be Fit.
Exercises that require minimal mobility are totally a thing!
If you communicate 15 minutes or more per day, then exercises you can do in your car are perfect for you.
Disclaimer: Cars weigh a million pounds and are giant death machines. Your priority in a car should always be driving, not being on your phone or trying to get a workout in. Exercise extreme precaution and be safe you guys.
Without further ado, let’s get my favorite awkward exercise out of the way first…
Exercise In Car While Driving: 8 Movements For Commuters
I don’t care if you’re a man or a woman, kegels have benefits for all! And I felt like kegels was an obvious exercise you can do in your car while sitting so I had to mention it.
Kegels improve sexual functioning in women AND men. I you’re pregnant kegels are important to prepare your body for contractions and also helping you not pee on yourself when you sneeze. Win win. (Also true for aging woman.)
How to do a kegel: Tighten your pelvic floor muscles for a count of 8, then relax for a count of 10. Repeat 5-10 times depending on drive time so you get all your exercises in. Not recommended if you need to urinate.
2. Clench those cheeks!
This is also super easy to do while sitting, so it’s a great exercise you can do in your car as well. And who doesn’t want a toner booty? Amiright?
Simply clench your glutes for a count of 8 and repeat 8 times.
Note: Duration and repetition can be adjusted to drive time for any of these.
3. Calf raises.
Calf muscle toning is an exercise you can easily do in your car.
To execute this move raise your legs on the tips of your toes. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat 8 times. Unless you have superman legs you will feel the burn pretty quick.
Note: Be careful doing this exercise on your right side because you know, you’re driving. Mind your pressure on that gas pedal. You should be able to tense your calf without slamming on the pedal, mkay?
4. Mini crunches.
We’re obviously not going to lie down for this, but you can flex your abs pretty right and lean into a bit by crunching towards your steering wheel.
Tighten your abs as hard as possible, hold for a count of 8 and release. Take a deep breath and crunch again. Repeat 10 times.
5. Abdominal rotation.
Of course your range of movement will be limited, but you can still rotate from side to side at the waist without removing your hands from the steering wheel.
You can use your grip to get a little extra movement.
6. Bicep curls.
You’re not going to have weights for this. I mean, you can. But you don’t need them.
Simply curl your bicep by bending your elbow and making a fist, bringing your fist towards your chest. Clench your first as if you are lifting a weight. Really tighten your bicep as much as possible for maximum effect. Do 3 sets of 15 curls on each side.
7. Deltoid rotations.
If your card is really small it might be tight for you. This exercise is performed by stretching out your arm, it can be in front or to the side, straight out parallel to the floor and rotating your straight arms in small, quick circles. Switch directions for variations.
Do 3 sets of 15 rotations on each side, and alternate directions.
8. Shoulder raises.
This one is also super easy for an exercise you can do in your car. You don’t even have to take either hand off the steering wheel. Simply lift your shoulders to your neck, tightening your shoulders and neck muscles as much as possible.
This will get some upper back, too. Do 30 shoulder raises. Ease tension when you’re done by rolling your neck from side to side and stretching those muscles back out.
There you have it. 8 movements so you exercise in your car while driving!
Just to reiterate that driving is your priority in the car and you should keep your eyes on the road. Please be smart if you’re going to try to get a little exercise on the way to work, and happy crunching!
Next Steps? Fitness + General Wellness
I know this post might seem…very silly. But many of us are so incredibly busy that even the small act of becoming more conscious of ANY movement is significant!
I used bicycle long distance 3 or 4 times. Nowadays, I focus my time on other things, which I feel totally ok with…as long as I maintain balance (which I currently lack…)
This post is an effort to regain balance. To become more mindful of movement. To do *something* to keep my muscles active and engaged. And I really believe its better than nothing!
Something else i did recently along this same line is start buying Imperfect Produce.
I’ll write about this more later, but Imperfect Produce decreases food waste by delivering rejected produce (at a discount!) right to your door.
Its not a diet, and I’m not counting calories, but I feel MUCH better! My husband and I now buy a box of produce each week, delivered to our door, to make sure we eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.