How to Work Out in a Car

Being stuck in traffic, at a red light, or on a long drive can be trying for your body and your mind. Often you will start to feel a little restless or antsy, at which point a little physical activity can be very helpful.

Exercising in your vehicle serves many purposes. It’s a productive way to use time that you’d otherwise be wasting, and helps you stay loose and awake, both of which are very important when you’re driving.

The exercises suggested below range from mild stretches to more difficult movements. You should only do them when your car is stopped. Wait for a traffic jam, red light, or stop sign to exercise or, if need be, briefly pull over to the side of the road. You should never do physical exercises while driving a moving car.

Part 1 of 3: How to stretch in your car

guy stretching out his jaw

Step 1: Stretch your jaw. To exercise your jaw, open your mouth fully, but focus on moving the jaw up and down, rather than stretching it wide.

Close your mouth slowly, and repeat the process five times.

This should look and feel like an exaggerated version of chewing gum, and will help relax your face muscles, and wake you up.

woman stretching her neck to the side

Step 2: Stretch your neck. To stretch your neck without hurting yourself, slowly roll your head towards either shoulder, while still keeping your eyes forward on the road.

Hold your head for a few seconds, then slowly return it to an upright position, and repeat the process on the other side. Stretch each side of the neck five times.

  • Tip: Only stretch your neck as far as is easy and comfortable. If you are in any pain at all, return your head to the upright position.

person stretching calves under dash

Step 3: Stretch your calves. This exercise is for passengers only as it involves hooking your toes under the passenger dash. Push your heel away from you and stretch out your calf muscles.

person rolling their shoulders sitting in car

Step 4: Roll your shoulders. Raise your shoulders in a “shrug” movement to loosen your shoulder, back, and neck muscles. Raise and lower your shoulders as many times as it feels comfortable.

This exercise is a lot more effective if you wear a weight vest for resistance while you’re raising your shoulder.

Part 2 of 3: How to work your core in your car

Materials Needed

  • Rubber ball (small)
  • Tennis ball

person sitting in drivers seat with thands on wheel

Step 1: Work out your core. Start this exercise by sitting upright in your seat, with a straight back.

Breathe in and pull in your stomach, tightening the muscles.

Hold this position for 5 seconds, then breathe out and relax your core muscles.

Do 5 sets of this exercise.

This exercise not only works out your core and your abdomen, but also relaxes your back, which makes you more comfortable and safe while driving.

  • Tip: When doing this exercise, be sure to adjust your seat to a comfortable position. If your seat won't adjust, have it inspected by a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic.

  • Warning: There are no lower body exercises that you should do while driving your vehicle. Always wait until you are outside of the car to exercise your legs or knees, as you need your lower body to easily access the pedals at all times.

Step 2: Squeeze your abs. Push against the roof of your car with your arms and squeeze your abs. Hold for 10 seconds and release. Repeat as many times as possible.

This strengthens the arms, shoulders, back, and core at the same time.

person sitting with ball between their knees

Step 3: Work your thighs. Put a tennis or small rubber ball between your knees and squeeze with your inner thighs, holding a few seconds with each contraction.

Do 2 sets to start.

Step 4: Work your chest and shoulders. Use a tennis ball to work your upper body.

Place it between your palms and raise your elbows out to the side. Push your palms towards each other.

Do 2 sets of 15 repetitions.

Part 3 of 3: How to work your muscles in your car

Materials Needed

person lifting themselves up off their seat

Step 1: Tricep dips. Push down on your arm rests and try to raise your body off the seat.

Hold for 5 to 10 seconds while squeezing the backs of your upper arms.

  • Warning: This should only done while parked as it requires your feet to be taken off the pedals.

person pushing in towards steering wheel

Step 2: Chest fly. Hold your steering wheel at 9 and 3 o’clock and have your palms face inwards. Push your hands toward one another on the wheel while squeezing your chest muscles.

Hold for 5 to 10 seconds.

Step 3: Back row. Put your hands at 9 and 3 o’clock on the steering wheel and engage your back muscles while pulling the steering wheel toward your body.

Hold for 5 to 10 seconds.

person doing a bicep curl

Step 4: Bicep curl: For bicep curls you can use either a small dumbbell or weighted arm wraps.

Keep one hand on the steering wheel and lift your forearm towards your body. Keep your elbow stationary and close to your side.

Do 10 repetitions on each arm and do 3 sets.

person lifting up their heels with toes on the ground

  • Tip: You can put the weights you used in Step 4 for bicep curls around your ankles to add more resistance to this move.

Step 7: Calf raises. As both feet must come off the pedals this is another exercise for passengers or parked cars only.

Place your toes onto the the floor mat and lift your heels off the mat. Squeeze your calf muscles as you lift your legs.

Do 20 repetitions.

person doing crunches in seating position

Step 8: Ab crunches. If your car is safely in Park, take both hands off the wheel and place your fingertips behind your head.

Bend at the hips towards the steering wheel or, if you’re in the passenger seat, towards the dash.

Repeat 20 times.

Incorporating a few exercises into your daily commute is good for the body, but also good for the soul. If you do these exercises the next time you’re stuck in traffic, you’ll find yourself feeling calm, relaxed, and physically energized.


Next Step

Schedule Power Seat is not working Inspection

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Power Seat is not working Inspection. Once the problem has been diagnosed, you will be provided with an upfront quote for the recommended fix and receive $20.00 off as a credit towards the repair. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Power Seat is not working Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating

(120)

Rating Summary
106
8
1
1
4
106
8
1
1
4

Chuy

14 years of experience
288 reviews
Chuy
14 years of experience
Ford Escape - Power Seat is not working Inspection - Tinley Park, Illinois
Chuy was awesome. Very polite and knowledgeable and explained everything and was able to resolve the problem. Highly recommend Chuy and his service.
Chevrolet Equinox - Power Seat is not working - Orland Park, Illinois
My overall experience was great. I will definitely recommend Mr. Hermosillo. He was competent, informative, and efficient. Great quality service. Thank you !

Kenneth

20 years of experience
682 reviews
Kenneth
20 years of experience
Cadillac CTS - Power Seat is not working - Los Angeles, California
Courteous on time prepared to work. Even though it was wet outside, he did not complain. He went to work as he would done in fair weather. I really appreciate him.

Ben

41 years of experience
1250 reviews
Ben
41 years of experience
Mazda CX-7 - Power Seat is not working - Houston, Texas
A very honest and nice gentleman. He was quick and fixed my seat for me without charging a penny more than the inspection price.

Daniel

12 years of experience
50 reviews
Daniel
12 years of experience
Ford Explorer - Power Seat is not working - Chattanooga, Tennessee
One of the best mechanics I’ve ever had! Patient, explains everything well! Very kind and fair in his pricing.

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

Top 10 Scenic Drives in Virginia
Virginia is a state well-known for its natural beauty and is home to several national and state parks. Scenic drives can be discovered at virtually every turn. There is more to the region than just its statuesque mountains, regal valleys,...
Top 10 Scenic Drives in Northern California
Exploring northern California is especially exciting because the region is home to an impressively wide variety of terrain, ranging from sandy beaches to tall, rugged mountains. The possibilities for day trips or weekend getaways consequently abound. Whether winding through wine...
Top 10 Scenic Drives in Hawaii
There’s no denying that Hawaii is a tropical paradise, which is why so many tourists flock there throughout the year to get their fill of surf and sun. This network of islands has more to offer than beachside resorts and...

Related questions

In traffic when accelerating, engine hits over-rev protection

Hello there, thank you for asking about your 1989 Dodge Ramcharger. Check the transmission fluid to be sure the transmission is not being starved of fluid while operating. Otherwise it sounds like there is trouble in the transmission valve body...

Car stalls when stopped in traffic

Just because your Check Engine Light is not on does not mean you do not have codes in the computer memory. You could have codes that are called pending codes. These codes mean a problem happened but has not happened...

How do I use the trip meters?

The trip meters show you how many miles you have driven over a certain period. This can help you determine how many miles you drive a month, or how much distance you have covered during your current trip. Your car...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com