6 Exercises You Can Do During Your Commute

The average American spends almost an hour in their car for their daily commute (and if you’re a Los Angelino like me, probably way more). I don’t know about you, but most of my clients have a hard time finding half that much time to exercise each day.

 

The solution? Isometrics.

 

Isometrics (from iso- “equal” and -metria “measuring”) mean you’re not changing the length of the muscle (like you are when you’re curling a dumbbell toward and away from you). Instead, you’re just contracting the muscle without really moving it.

 

It’s like this form of exercise was made for your daily drive, right?

 

Here are 6 of my favorites:

 

1. Abs #1

While holding the wheel, lift your back off of the seat and sit up straight. Inhale, then exhale as you twist to your right, keeping your face directed straight ahead. Hold the twist for 3-5 counts. Inhale as you straighten, then exhale as you twist to your left and hold for 3-5 counts. Repeat for 20 counts on each side.

 

2. Abs #2

Sitting up straight, pull your stomach in as far as you can, like you are trying to connect your belly button with your spine. Hold for 10 counts and repeat 5 times.

 

3. Chest

While holding the wheel at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock, push inward against the steering wheel and feel the contraction in your chest and shoulders, holding for 3-5 seconds. Repeat 20 times.

 

4. Calves

Focusing on one leg at a time, lift your heel slightly and tighten your calf muscle. Hold for 3-5 seconds and repeat 20 times per leg. If this is at all tricky for you to do with your driving leg without affecting your pedal pressure, just skip it.

 

5. Kegels

Kegel exercises are a great way to tighten up your lady parts and prevent accidently peeing yourself when you sneeze or jump on a trampoline.

 

If you don’t know what muscles to contract for this, make yourself stop mid-stream the next time you pee. Those are the muscles to use. Guys actually have them too, so this exercise is great for both sexes (and can actually result in stronger orgasms for everyone too – win-win).

 

6. Glutes

Squeeze your buns together as much as you can and hold for 10 seconds (you’ll feel yourself rise up an inch or so). Repeat 5 times. Don’t feel lame when you’re sore from these the next day.

 

Of course, focusing on the road is the most important thing to do while you’re driving. You don’t have to take your eyes off the road while doing any of these, which makes them safer than a lot of other things people do while driving, but if you’re the kind of person that has a hard time doing two things at once, I wouldn’t recommend them.

 

For the rest of us multi-tasking mavens, try doing these 6 exercises each day for two weeks and see what you think!