Are you stuck in your car during peak-hour traffic and don’t know how to while away your time?
Instead of surfing through your smartphone or honking at other vehicles, try these simple in-car exercises. Of course, make sure you’ve applied your parking brakes or turned off the engine.
From a normal sitting position in the car, slowly roll your upper waist forward, away from the seat so as to form an arch in the small of your back. Hold for five seconds and slowly roll your back flat against the seat. Repeat this process a few times. This helps to mobilise your back, especially if you are unable to sit for long periods due to backache or stiffness.
Sit straight with your back slightly arched. Exhale and tighten your abs slightly (towards your spine) while keeping your back straight. Focus on breathing normally while holding the tension in the abdominal muscles. Hold for five seconds. Repeat five times.
Sitting straight, rotate your trunk to one side. Hold for five seconds. Repeat on the other side.
You can do simple push-ups using your steering wheel. Hold the steering wheel at 10 and two o’ clock position and perform push-ups by moving your chest and head together as you bend your elbows. Squeeze your shoulder blades at the end as you reach near the steering wheel. Release your back slowly and repeat five times. This helps release any tension in the shoulder blade and arm regions.
Turn the neck to one side, hold for five seconds. Repeat five times. Repeat on the other side.
Sit straight, look forward and tilt your head to your right shoulder, so that your ear touches the shoulder. You should feel the stretch on the side of the neck. Hold for five seconds. Get into the sitting position and relax for five seconds. Repeat on the other side.