We would all like to be in better shape, but finding the time to exercise isn’t always easy. Most of us don’t think of our cars as somewhere that we can exercise, but this isn’t true! Here’s five car exercises for you to try.
Whether you’ve given it any conscious thought or not, you, like most of us, wish that you could have a more muscular butt. Considering how much of the day most of us spend sitting down, usually due to work and the subsequent exhaustion caused by spending all day at work, it is perhaps unsurprising how many of us have an out of shape butt.
This exercise is one of the simplest that you can do in your car, but it can also be one of the most effective. The technique required is simple, all you need to do is relax your glutes, then squeeze them together for 15 seconds or so. After each squeeze and hold, give yourself a 30 second rest before the next one.
These are similar to butt clenches, in that they involve the relaxing and tightening of your muscles. Tightening your abs feels a lot like sucking your gut in to make yourself appear to be skinnier. As with the butt clenches, you should leave 30 seconds between each rep. However, when exercising your abs, you want to hold the pose for 30 seconds each time.
This is one for the passenger, rather than driver. You can get away with doing the above exercises while driving (as long as you are at a complete stop of course), however, the tricep pushes should only be performed when you are a passenger, not when you are in charge of the vehicle.
Place your feet flat on the floor so that your legs form a right angle at the knee. Sit up as straight as you can, and place your hands flat on the seat, by your hips, and keep your elbows bent. Straightening your elbows will lift you off the seat a little. Hold yourself up for 10-15 seconds before letting yourself back down.
This is a method for exercising your triceps that can be performed while driving. Make sure that your hands are on the steering wheel at the 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock position. Keep your elbows bent and loose while you grip the wheel a little tighter than usual. By straightening your elbows and pressing back into the seat by pushing on the steering wheel, you can give your triceps and effective workout.
This is an exercise that is actually more effective done in a car seat than while standing. In order to do this, make sure you are sitting up straight and your feet are planted flat on the ground. As with the position for tricep pushes, you want to make sure your legs form a right angle at the knee. Put some weight on your knees and point your toes up. You should feel some strain from this in your calves. As soon as you do, put your feet flat on the floor again.
Exercising in your car might sound like madness, but it can be very effective!
This article originally appeared on WhenWomanInspire