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Is Your Car Your New Workout Tool?

By Gemme Greene

Driving isn’t well-known for inducing weight loss. Long commutes, road trips…they regularly lead to snacking on the wrong things. can definitely cause weight gain. Also, just as sitting at your desk doesn’t exactly help you burn calories, neither does sitting in a car seat for long hours.

But there IS a way your car can actually help you slim down!

Drink: Keep a water bottle in your car so you can stay hydrated and stave off cravings.

Snack: Stash nonperishable healthy snacks in your car so you can reach for those instead of succumbing to gas station junk food. Nuts, trail mix, granola bars, whole grain pretzels, and shelf-stable soy or almond milk are all great options. If you know you’ll be in the car for a few hours, pack a healthy meal so you can better avoid fast food. Also, try to eat every few hours to keep your metabolism stable and control urges to make unhealthy eating choices.

Prepare: Keep an extra pair of gym shoes and a workout outfit in your trunk, just in case. You never know when inspiration/opportunity will strike to get in a workout.

Play: Get pumped by blasting the music playlists you normally listen to while working out. It’ll motivate you to stay on a healthy path.
Work: Tone your muscles while driving. Do glute squeezes. Pull your abs into your spine and release. Do shoulder lifts.

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