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Driving is a sedentary activity, which is notorious for creating numerous health issues, led by becoming overweight. Just walking around your car between fares can make a big difference. While having a personal exercise regime or joining a gym may be good for some, it is not for everyone.

I'd like replies from those who fight back by exercising regularly, while driving. What exercises are convenient and how often would you recommend? Are there exercises you can recommend that are safe to do while the car is in motion? Here are a few related threads from the recent past, followed by related articles.

Car Exercises: 5 Easy Exercises You Can Do in Your Car
kodjoworkout by Kodjo March 30, 2012

Did you know that we spend as much as 100 hours a year just by commuting back in forth in our vehicles? This means that all of the excuses that we tell ourselves in relationship to not having enough time to exercise are pretty much pointless. Why? Because there are actually exercises that we can do while riding in our cars.

Now the truth of the matter is that nothing can compensate for an actual weekly workout routine and when it comes to getting in the cardio that our bodies need, a "car regimen" is not really an effective remedy. But there are some things that can be done to get our blood pumping and energy going while sitting in a traffic jam or at a traffic light.

Breathe in. Breathe out
A lot of people probably don't consider breathing to be an effective form of exercising, but if none of us did it…would exercising even be necessary? Probably not. Aside from the fact that we need to breathe in order to live, when we stretch before working out, a big part of that is incorporating deep breaths into our bodies, which as a direct result, provides us with bursts of oxygen. This gives us healthy doses of energy and peaks mental alertness (two major things needed, especially while driving). So, while you're listening to your favorite radio station or CD, take out a song or two to breathe in and hold it for a count of five and then breathe out slowly.

Do the squeeze
If you drive a standard, then you're automatically giving your legs a bit of a workout, but even if you drive an automatic, there's something that you can do to tone your abs and buttocks. While listening to an upbeat tone, try squeezing your glutes together to the music. Hold for a count of five and then release, one buttock at a time. Repeat that throughout the song and by the end of it, you should feel a tightening in both your abdominal and buttocks region. If you do this for three songs, that's an instantaneous 12 minute (give or take a few seconds) workout.

Curl the arms
The focus here is on the biceps and it's really easy to do. On the way to work, take along a five-pound dumbbell or you can even use your water bottle or the can of soup that you're going to eat for lunch. With the weight in your left hand, curl your arm slowly towards your left shoulder. Make sure to keep the rest of your body as stationary as possible and hold for a count of 10. Do the same with your right hand. It's a quick way to stretch out your arms while firming them up too, and can be a great biceps toning workout if you had a little bit of weight to it.

Rotate the spine
Now, this is something that is recommended only when the car is at a standstill (so 5 o'clock traffic is perfect!). With your foot on the break, take a deep breath and then use your left hand to reach over the right side of your body. Grab the bottom of your car seat and twist your torso to the right. Make sure that your head follows your torso as you do it. Hold it for a count of five and then repeat with your right hand moving over to the left side of your body. It's a great way to release some of the tension that's inside of you if you sit at your desk all day at work or if find yourself having a long commute drive home.

Stretch those quads
If you're in a compact, you might need to car hire and SUV to accomplish this one; however for all of the "big vehicle people" this is a good exercise for your quadriceps. Simply extend one leg far enough to straighten your knee and contract your quadriceps (the femur region). Hold for a count of ten and then repeat with the other leg. If you alternate both legs five times on the way home, before you know it, you'll be reaching the home stretch (pun intended!).

Final Thought
As a final thought, if you find yourself spending a lot of time in your vehicle, make sure you ask your doctor if you are eligible for compression socks Having your legs relatively idle in your car for an extended period of time can cause blood circulation to slow down, leading to varicose and other health-related issues.

5 Exercises To Do While Driving To Work
symptomfind By Cooper Chavez. May 7th 2016

1. Side Twist
This exercise can be done in your seat while driving or riding along as a passenger. This workout focuses on the core and will help you tone your abs during the commute.
  1. Sit upright and begin to tighten your abdominal area while keeping both feet on the ground and facing forward.
  2. Start by twisting the upper body slightly to the left and then slightly to the right. This motion should be done as slowly as possible while continuing to face forward.
This workout can be done by keeping track of repetitions or by time intervals. The important part of this exercise is to make sure that the abdominal muscles are contracted throughout the workout. Side twist may not give a perfect six-pack, but it will help shape and tone the core.

2. Grip Squeeze
This workout is great because of the small amount of movement that it requires. The only item that is needed for this exercise is a hand grip. It is a workout device that's used for strengthening the forearms as well as grip.
  1. The first step is to get a hand grip at your local sporting goods store. They offer many different styles and tensions, depending on individual strength.
  2. Squeeze the hand grip with the right hand and then alternate to the left. Make sure to keep a track of how many repetitions are being done with each hand.
This exercise is very simple to do in the car. It also can assist with relieving stress from a tough day.

3. Calf Raises
These are great to do at a stop light or even at your desk. The benefit of this exercise is that it's fairly easy to do as well as a great way to strengthen the legs while sitting down.
  1. Start with both feet on the floor at shoulder width apart.
  2. Raise calves slowly while tightening the calf muscles.
  3. Lower and repeat the calf raise.
This workout can be done for any time increment, long or short. It can also be turned into an isometric (static) exercise by raising the calves and holding them for a minimum of thirty seconds.

4. Short Bicep Curl
A full bicep curl would be tough to do in any car because of the space that is needed for this workout. A little modification will be needed in order to perform this exercise in the car. Short bicep curls require a lightweight, rubber dumbbell; a 5 pound or 10 pound dumbbell would be sufficient.
  1. Start with the weight in one hand and your arm slightly bent.
  2. Keep your elbow stationary and move the weight towards your body until your forearm is in a vertical position.
  3. Hold this vertical position for at least one second, and then slowly bring the weight down.
This exercise can be done for ten repetitions on each arm. The range of motion at which the curl can be done will vary with the size of the car. The bicep muscle can also be tightened with the weight held outward for an isometric exercise if space is limited.

A brisk walk during a portion of any break can be beneficial and help burn some extra calories. These exercises are not meant to supplement a full workout; instead they are intended to create motion for people who are sedentary during their work day. Please keep safety in mind when it comes to driving and exercising, and don't do anything that might put you and others in danger while behind the wheel.
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