At a relaxing lunch with a girlfriend, we started talking about how we manage to fit everything into our daily schedules. It’s not easy, and I don’t even have children to come home and take care of. When we talked about how difficult it is to fit in exercise, I shared my car exercise hacks.
She laughed hysterically and said I had to share these in a musing. So here you go…
When I drive I’ve gotten in the habit of doing 3 things repeatedly.
1. When I’m stopped I put my hands on either side of the steering wheel and squeeze the wheel inward, making sure to keep my shoulders down, neck long and abs in. I do sets of 8 inward pushes followed by an 8 count hold. (It reminds me of when I was young and used to put my hands together in front of my pre-pubescent chest and chant “We must, we must, we must build up our bust.” Come on… all you women out there you did the same thing… right?)
2. While I’m crunching the steering wheel I do glute (booty) clenches. Again, shoulders down, neck long, abs in. And make sure that nothing is moving except your glutes and arms, your legs shouldn’t be moving especially since your right foot is firmly on the brake pedal.
3. To top it all off, I constantly (as in not just car pilates but everywhere) remind myself to suck in my gut, lace my ribs together and drop my shoulders to elongate and relax my neck. It’s so interesting to me that, as a dancer, I’ve reinforced this posture for over 50 years and I still find after a few seconds my mind drifts elsewhere and I’m back to slumping, protruding and hunching. So, I hit the refresh button and suck in my gut, lace my ribs and elongate all over again–the car is a great place to reinforce this posture. I literally repeat this process at least 100 times throughout the day. I’m confident that some day it will become natural. Until then, I’ll just have to keep reminding myself over and over and over again.
So? You know it’s coming! What’s your exercise hack?