Wednesday, 21 December 2016

winter workouts

The hardest thing about the cold, for many of us, is finding the motivation to pull back the covers from our bed, put down the coffee and brave the outdoors. And whilst I understand the struggle, I have to admit that once you’re outside and cold without turning back, it’s actually an amazing feeling to be working out in the snow, rain or freezing temperatures [do I sound crazy yet?].

That said, it’s the getting out the door that’s the hardest part, and whilst I definitely think that the first step is worth the wrath, sometimes you just can’t. And that’s when we can be thankful for INDOOR WORKOUTS!! [Because you didn’t actually want a rest day, did you?]

Below are a few of my favorite body strength exercises that you can do indoors – for weights, if you don’t have any and don’t want to buy any, you can use anything heavy: full [large] water bottles, your college textbooks [getting your money’s worth] … idk whatever else you have that’s heavy?

-       Skipping/Jump Rope [even if you don’t actually have the rope, you can embrace the foolish look and do the actions for the same physiological effect!]
-       Jumping Jacks/Star Jumps
-       High Knees
-       Mountain Climbers
-       Burpees [with or without push-ups, that’s your decision…]

-       Plank
-       Ab Cycles
-       V-Ups
-       Weighted Twists
-       Reverse Crunches
-       Straight Leg Raises
-       Flutter Kicks

-       Push-Ups
-       Triceps Dips [use a chair, bench, whatever]
-       Extended Arm Planks
-       Bicep Curls [weighted]
-       Shoulder Presses [weighted]

-       Jump Lunges
-       Jump Squats
-       Inner Thigh Lifts
-       Crab Walks
-       Calf Raises
-       Step Ups [weighted]
-       Tuck Jumps
-       Donkey Kicks
-       Bridge Lifts

There’s also a number of apps that can really enhance your at home workouts, allowing you to work up a sweat without a trainer or someone to chase down in the park – my personal favorites are Tabata Pro [an interval app; I typically use this when cycling or doing repeated reps of bodyweight exercises], Nike Training Club [offers a whole bunch of pre-determined at-home workouts with minimal equipment required], and the 7 Minute Workout [I just repeat it as many times as I want to fill leftover time at the end of my workout!].

Don’t forget how important it is to get your blood flowing over the colder months, especially for your mental health and emotional wellbeing! Focus less on physical results and more on doing something every day, and by the time summer rolls around, you’ll be fit and fresh in your routine!


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