Stopped at a light and looking out at a multilane road packed with people surrounded by their one or two ton steel shells, going nowhere, I often laugh at how absurd the situation is and how many, many people can be convinced to do just about anything, no matter how bizarre. People build additions to their homes to house their cars, work a tremendous number of hours to pay for them, groom them, take pride in them, spend time hunting a "good" parking place, endure sitting in them in the heat and the cold, and compensate for the ills their cars inflict on their owners by fighting wars, furnishing them with expensive distractions to quell the boredom, taking asthma medicine, eating in them, and by going to health clubs and nutritionists.
Sometimes I find the whole thing very funny. It's like watching Laurel and Hardy. The funny thing is that they never recognize how silly and stupid they are.
That's all to explain why I found this article absolutely hilarious:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...081400879.htmlIf you're like the typical Washingtonian, you spend at least an hour a day in your car. You may not think of your auto as a fitness center, but those long commutes, maddening traffic snarls and endless carpools can provide a surprising opportunity to tone your muscles -- and maybe relieve a little stress.
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Here's how you can turn tedious commutes, traffic jams or hours spent sitting in the office into opportunities for some isometric exercises and a few stretches. Except where noted, do these exercises three to five times every 15 to 30 minutes.
Whether you choose to try these exercises or not, safety remains essential. So keep those eyes on the road and your attention on driving as you grip the steering wheel or tighten your glutes.