Stay active, inside and warm this winter
Winter can really slow us down and freeze our motivation to exercise. The cold temperatures, minimal daylight and hazardous road conditions make going to the gym even harder than it already was. Keeping active through the chilly months is important to stay healthy, happy and fit. Finding a routine that can be completed in your living room, with no equipment can be challenging. Take a look at these five indoor workout ideas that everyone should try before winter ends:
- Lunges: All you need is ten to fifteen feet of open path, maybe down a hallway to do this exercise. Lunges are great for the legs and gluteus, start slow to avoid over extending the knee, increasing reps each time. This exercise will make legs very tired and very sore. Might be best to save this for the middle, peak part of the workout.
- Stair Steppers: Walking up and down stairs burns calories alone. Adding some extra repetitions and speeds to your daily stair walking will help get your heart rate up and body fit. If you don’t have stairs in your home you can use a block or any solid 2”-5” surface to step up and down on repetitively. With varying speeds and styles a good stair stepper workout can replace a good cardio workout.
- Laying down bicycle kicks: Lying flat on your back, legs bent and in the air at 90 degrees, begin moving legs through the bicycling/ pedaling motions in the air. Increase speed and repetitions to increase heart rate and the difficulty of the workout. The key here is to keep form to avoid pulling muscles the wrong way.
- Sit-ups: A sit up routine is essential for core strength. Find an abdominal routine online from five to eight minutes that will challenge you. Increase the workout or add a new style of sit up each time you do it. Ask your Chiropractor about what sit up exercises to do to avoid injury.
- Yoga: Stretching is key to core strength, your bodies flexibility and ability to complete workouts in a healthy and safe way. Finding a few yoga poses, or stretches that suite your needs is important. To keep the stretches new and challenging, YouTube offers endless yoga instructional videos to help guide you through any pre or post workout stretching. Here is just one that I like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7AYKMP6rOE
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