Top 10 exercises while you wait at the red signal
We all lead a stressful life, hopping from one thing to another without breathers. We spend the maximum time reaching from one place to another, trapped in jams, incessantly waiting for the red lights to go green; followed by stressful desk jobs! According to a study by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), driving while stressed is as dangerous as talking on your mobile phone. (Source: http://bit.ly/aiikLb) In such a scenario, our body takes a toll and starts hurting. Sparing an extra hour for an exercise regime seems impossible because by the time you reach home, it is almost 9! However, did you know that there are simple yoga techniques that you can do to help relieve stress and keep you alert and refreshed while driving? Here are some smart, easy to follow relaxation tips in the parking lot or while you’re waiting at the signal, to keep your senses calm.
Tip 1: We’re often not conscious of our posture while sitting for long hours in the chair which can leave us with a sore neck. Here’s what you can do for quick relief. Close your eyes; keep your hand on the wheel and slowly move your neck full circle in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction respectively.
Tip 2: Driving typically involves use of both hands and feet. You’ll often notice an aching knee post your clutch brake clutch exercise (you know what we mean). Stretch your toes and make circles with your foot to ensure proper blood circulation. The all-new Ford Fiesta PowerShift Automatic gives us the advantage of a free left leg owing to the automatic transmission. Thus, you can occasionally do this with your left foot while on the go as well.
Tip 3: We all have different ways of dealing with stress and music is a constant resort. Listening to soothing music or chant ‘Om’ can help keep your mind calm. Or if you have your own collection of melodies, that’s even better.
Tip 4: Place your hands, palms down, on your lower back. Lean back as much as possible. Push your chest up towards the sky keeping your elbows pointing straight back. Hold for 15 seconds then relax.
Tip 5: Sulking and rebuking won’t help release the jam or your stress. Utilize that time by rejuvenating your body and de-stress. Bring your shoulders closest to your ears and back to normal position slowly. This relaxes your shoulder muscles.
Tip 6: Lock your hands behind your head and stretch them apart by pressing your head against your hands. Bring your elbows closer and try to touch them.
Tip 7: Roll your shoulders 10 times in forward and backward motion.
Tip 8: Your bum and thighs often lack exercise and desk jobs restrict any movement. Contract your bottom muscles, hold it for 10 seconds and release. Repeat it 5 times.
Tip 9: Interlock your hands behind your back, palms facing inside. Try to raise your hands towards the roof, bringing your shoulder blades closer. Count till 1o and slowly bring back to normal.
Tip 10: A very important tip that often doesn’t occur to us. Sip a lot of water to keep your body hydrated.
Treat your body like a temple and it’ll respect you in equal terms! Traffic jams cannot be avoided so it is best to use that time in your car to your advantage and do auto-yoga to release tension off your shoulders. You’ll feel much better when you reach your destination! Drive Safe!