Car Exercises While Driving for Uber or Lyft | Easy, Fun, and Useful!
If you've recently become a ridesharing driver or you've been driving professionally for years, you will know the pain that comes from sitting still for endless hours and not exercising enough because you can always do just a bit more work... Just a bit more right?
Uber drivers and desk-bound workers are alike in one thing - they spend most of the day sitting. And from a study done by the British Journal of Sports Medicine in 2010, sitting all day is bad for you. Those that spend their day sitting have a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
Unlike desk-bound workers that can request to use standing desks, ride-sharing drivers can only earn and work while sitting down. Don’t
Watch What You Eat
It’s very tempting to grab a bit of fast food or drive-thru when you’re on the road. That habit will quickly pile on the pounds for you in no time though. While some drivers opt to not eat during a shift, it’s a better idea for you and your passengers if you’re fed and not hungry while you drive.
Opt to bring healthy snacks like nuts or trail mix to munch on while driving. You can also plan your trips so you can spend a leisurely lunch either at home or find a place where you can buy a home cooked meal. Other drivers also opt to bring their own lunches and eat in parks during their break.
Get Out of the Car
If you’re sick of sitting all day, another way to get healthy is to get out of the car as often as you can!
When picking up passengers going to the airport, get out of the car and help load the luggage. I’ve also opened and closed doors for clients. This gesture earned me not only great ratings, but helped me stretch my legs as well. Win-win!
So when things are feeling too tight, go offline, park the car, and take a short walk. During the walk, do exercises like jumping jacks or push-ups. Getting out of the car relieves tension and possible driving fatigue.
Do A Spot of Yoga
Speaking of relieving tension and fatigue, nothing’s better at doing that than yoga. Find your best yoga mat and follow a few routines posted on YouTube for Uber and Lyft drivers. These will loosen the muscles that we most use during our trips, like in our calves.
Park your car, find a nice grassy area, spread out your yoga mat, and do yoga for looser muscles. Regain blood flow, increase your healthy habits, and hatch some vibes.
Try Core Exercises While Driving
The most basic workout is to contract your abdominals. Take a breath and make sure your abs are tight. Hold this contraction for a few seconds, and release. Repeat as often as you like, and you’ll get a strong core in no time.
There’s a long list of car exercises to do in the car, including doing the side bends for your obliques and to stretch your spine, as well as using equipment like a handgrip.
You could also buy a handgrip from the fitness store and use it when you’re stuck in traffic. It will not only relieve some of your stress, it’ll also work out your forearms too.
Get Enough Sleep
While this tip isn’t necessarily done on the road, getting enough sleep before you start your ride is a must. Sleep has a multitude of benefits, least of which include living longer. Sleep also sharpens your attention, so you’re alert on the road. It also improves your endurance, which is essential in navigating traffic or long stretches on the road.
Many drivers are dehydrated. They don’t drink water during their trips to save time from taking a break to find a place to pee. Driving dehydrated can be distracting but also dangerous.
If you allow yourself to get dehydrated, everything about you will be affected—from the brain to body. You might develop kidney stones and you can’t make money driving if you aren’t well.
If you don’t want to have to find a bathroom very often, the key to keeping hydrated is to take sips of water instead of giant gulps. That way, water will be fully absorbed and used by your body and not flushed out immediately.
As Uber and Lyft drivers, our income depends a lot on being healthy.
Health is wealth, and if you follow these tips - you’ll surely be on your way to a healthier and longer ridesharing life.