I love to drive places and I do it often. At least once a month I haul a few hundred miles to Atlanta for the Navy. I have been known to drive twelve hours each way to a race without thinking twice.
Driving makes me happy. This is for a few reasons. 1) I hate flying. It is a hassle and I have an irrational fear and deep control issues. 2) I love the adventures I have while driving. 3) I have a tradition called the 100 mile party. This tradition helps break up my drive and encourages me to get some fitness squished in where ever possible.
So let me tell you about the 100 mile party. It was born out of driving from Ohio to Florida with two small kids. It’s hard to do and we needed to not be miserable during the drive. So we carefully monitored the odometer and every 100 miles we stopped at the nearest rest area or exit area. The kids got to pick a physical activity – play on the playground, run circles around the building, whatever, and one treat from the gas station or vending machine. It broke up the drive and it was really fun. The kids loved keeping track of the miles and knowing there was a goal to be reached.
I decided to keep up this tradition, even when I drive alone. Every 100 miles I stop and do some form of physical activity and usually find a GeoCache. I have done everything from burpees to yoga to run up and down hills. I normally get strange looks, occasionally get quizzed by officers, and I always have fun.
This is just one idea to add more fitness to your life, be more safe while driving (getting tired behind the wheel is DANGEROUS) and make a boring drive much much better.
Go Forth and Be Epic, my friends!!!!