Stuck in your Car? Find ways to still be Active

11 Jul

cleveland clinic
Drive time means less time for exercise. Find a gym near work and go during rush hour!

Research shows that the more time you spend commuting, the less likely you are to exercise. Time spent behind the wheel takes away valuable minutes that could be spent being active. It also adds to the total time you spend sitting each day. As Mike Roizen, MD, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, points out, “People who sit eight to 11 hours a day are twice as likely to die (in a given three-year time period) than folks who sit for four hours a day or less.”

Even if you can’t change how far away you live from work, there are ways to get healthier and decrease your drive time. For instance, if you’re going to be caught in gridlock, why not drive in before the rush and then go work out or take a walk near your office? Or consider doing the same after work while you wait for traffic to subside. If none of these options work, says Dr. Roizen, use your time behind the wheel to de-stress. Practice breathing exercises to elicit a sense of relaxation. Bring your attention to your breath. Inhale slowly and deeply, allowing your belly to rise as it fills with air. Allow your belly to fall as you slowly exhale. And do not close your eyes — keep ‘em on the road!


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