Workout While You Wait: Exercises for the Parking Lot

Okay, last week, we talked about ways to avoid the gym altogether during this extremely busy month! But, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that a majority of you probably didn’t listen. Or, maybe you did. But, if you get brave, you may end up going back a little before the rush actually ends. So, we’ve put together a few more ideas to make your life easier! Picture this… You pull in to the parking lot at the gym, drive around looking for a parking spot, only to realize that there are no parking spots available. What are you going to do? You don’t want to waste valuable workout time sitting in your car waiting for a spot. So, why wait? Start your workout right in your car! Here are a few ideas to get your workout started in the comfort of your own car.

  1. The easiest exercises for the car include squeezing and releasing your muscles, also known as isometric contractions. So, pick any muscle of your choice and begin squeezing and releasing.
  2. Exercise/ Relax your Shoulders. Doing shoulder shrugs will engage your shoulder muscles, while relieving tension from your hectic day. Lift your shoulders up towards your ears and hold for about 10 seconds. Then, release and repeat.
  3. Similar to our first exercise, isometric contractions;  you can also try placing a sweater (or other soft item from your car) between your thighs while you squeeze. This will increase the difficulty of the workout.

All too often, it is hard to find time to fit exercise in to your routine. So, the last thing you need is to be forced to waste time sitting in the parking lot. The key to fitting exercise in to a busy schedule is to get creative! Find ways to workout in your office, while cooking dinner, cleaning your house and even playing with your kids! Make exercise a part of your everyday routine. Not only will you see the difference in your body, you’ll also be setting a positive example for your kids!  How do you fit exercise in to your everyday schedule? We always love learning about how you live healthy! Share with us here on the blog. Or, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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