Ideally two adults and one or more kids equals increased fun. The two adults can take turns working out by taking turns with the driving. As the number of kids increases along with their age, the movement can become more challenging. However, one adult (a voice of encouragement) and one child is all that is needed to begin.
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
This is simple song can lead to all types of movement. Just as the song implies, begin with the head and then move your hands from your head to your shoulders, knees, then toes.
To make it more fun, give each person a turn singing the song--in any order. For example, try toes, stomach, nose or knees, toes, waist, shoulders, head. The faster you sing, the more movement and energy used.
Water Bottle Challenge
This requires the refillable water bottles you already have in the car. Instead of drinking from them, use them as weights to get those arms moving.
The movements can be done while safely strapped in your seat belt. Perform each activity two to three times to equal a set. Turn on your favorite music and begin.
The bottle can be filled with water or for increased weight, beans or sand. For safety, the bottle should have ridges to allow for a good grip and the lid should be securely tightened. You may want to consider duck taping the lid to prevent little inquisitive hands from opening the bottle to get at the contents.
Did you know your face has more than 50 muscles? Often neglected, exercising the face by making silly faces is fun and stimulating. Perform each activity 10 times.
Movement stimulates the endorphins, which are hormones that just make you feel good. After a few rounds, two to three sets to your favorite music, everyone will be happy, limber and content for a few more miles.