The Car Workout: 3 Exercises Perfect for Road-Trips & Long Commutes

By Alexis Wolfer

Whether you’re planning a road trip or, like many of us, spend more time than you would like to concede commuting to work, the car is the ultimate place to multitask. No, we’re not suggesting you reply to emails, text message your friends or apply your makeup – that sort of multitasking is dangerous (unless, of course, it’s from the passenger’s side – although even then a mascara wand can be hazardous when potholes come into play). Rather, we’re suggesting you get a workout in – a sweat-free one at that, since even offices with casual dress codes look down on sweat-stains.

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To help us make the most of our time spent on the road, we turned to Stephanie Mansour, body image coach and Chicago-based personal trainer  to take our workout on the road, literally. Here, she lays out 3 exercises we can do in even the most compact of cars.

The Car Workout

Belly Busting. While driving, pretend you are trying to zip closed a tight pair of skinny jeans. Pull your belly button in towards your spine as you try to pull your lower belly away from the waistband of your pants. Hold here, engaging your abs, or, for a more intense workout, breathe out 20 times quickly. As you breathe out, contract your lower abs even harder to pulse your abs in and out.

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Spine Stretching. While in traffic, hold onto the steering wheel with your hands at 10 and 2 (to bring you back to the good ol’ days of driver’s ed) and round your back. By pulling on the steering wheel and rounding your back, you’re stretching the area in between the shoulder blades and mid-back. Take a breath here and then release.

Tension Tackling. While stuck at a red light, tilt your right ear down towards your right shoulder. Relax your shoulders and breathe into the left side of your neck, stretching the left side of your neck. Hold for 10 seconds. At the next light, repeat on the other side.

3 easy ways to ease muscle tension (when not in the car)!