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How to Exercise in the Car

by Peter Jaret  

Americans average almost an hour commuting every day, according to the latest statistics. Imagine how fit we'd be if we spent that much time exercising. You can't work in a cardio routine behind the wheel, of course. But a few simple exercises can ease stress and tone muscles when you're stopped at a light or stuck in a traffic jam:

Fist pushes. For this strengthening exercise, make fists with both hands and place them together in front of your chest, elbows out. Push your fists together. Count to five. Relax. Repeat.

Hand pulls. For another strengthening move, curl the fingers of both hands and then hook them together in front of your chest. Keeping your fingers locked, exert pressure as if to pull your hands apart.

Neck stretches. Relax your shoulders. Then gently tilt your head toward your left shoulder. Hold the stretch. Then repeat on the other side.

Chest stretches. Raise both arms with your palms facing forward until your forearms are horizontal. Push your elbows back to stretch your chest and shoulder blades.

Taking to the skies soon? See How to Exercise on a Plane.