Personally, I hate going to the gym. It’s not so much that my laziness prevents me from wanting to exercise—although that’s certainly a contributing factor—but rather that, when I am in the mood to get the blood flowing, I never feel comfortable in a room with people who seem way more into it than I am.
There’s something about being on display while exercising that has always made me uncomfortable despite how badly I want to be fit.
Luckily, there are some great ways you can exercise outside of the claustrophobic confines of the gym. Especially today, when it’s difficult to find any available free time, why not combine otherwise empty periods with some simple but effective training methods?
The morning or evening commute is generally a perfectly wasted part of your day, but it doesn’t have to be. Keeping your body fit even while on the road is an excellent way to pass the time and keep you healthy. Listed below are of the best exercise routines to keep you company while navigating through congested roads.
Car Seat Crunches
While sitting down, place your feet hip-width apart.
Keep them lying flat on the floor.
Relax your shoulders and neck to align with your spinal column, the slowly breathe out to flatten your stomach.
Hold for a few seconds before inhaling.
As you do so, make sure to push your belly button as far back as you can.
Repeat this contracting motion ten to twelve times.
Butt Toning Exercise
Why not try to exercise and tone your glutes along the way since you will be spending much of your time on your butt during the remainder of your commute?
This fairly simple routine involves squeezing your butt muscles to strengthen them.
Make sure to hold between each squeeze and release for added tension.
This exercise, apart from effectively sculpting your rear, is also an effective way to pump up your blood circulation to protect your behind from getting numb.
The Thigh Master
This fitness routine, which is similar to the gluteus one above, works on increasing the strength of your thigh muscles.
To perform the thigh master, you simply need to press your thighs together for 10 seconds before releasing them.
You can also add resistance by wrapping a towel or folded shirt around your thigh to enhance the intensity of your exercise.
Back and Shoulder Stretches
Spending countless hours behind the wheel each day can strain your spine and shoulders.
You can prevent coming home to intense body aches by making use of this time to exercise your upper body.
Start by keeping your arms relaxed while holding the wheel.
Slowly drop your shoulders, then pull them back up. Repeat as often as you can.
If you spend a significant amount of time waiting on the bus or subway, why not work on strengthening your calf muscles to guard against foot pain?
Simply stand on your toes for a good ten seconds or until you feel your calf muscles begin to strain.
Repeat as often as possible and you will be surprised to see you lower legs taking on a more defined and sexier build.
Use Every Minute of YOUR Day
Don’t just let part of your day be wasted. Next time you’re in the car or waiting for the train, work towards achieving some of your personal goals with these easy-to-do exercises. Not only will you be effectively using all of your time but you will also be getting into a better shape so that you will feel comfortable taking that extra step and dedicating yourself to personal fitness.
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