5 Exercises You Can Do at Home
Wintertime weather may give you an excuse to sit on the couch and ignore your workout routine, but with some simple tweaks you can stay inside and stay in shape.
There are plenty of exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home.
Here are 5 indoor winter exercise Ideas to help you achieve your fitness goals:
1. Try some simple chair squats.
Find a padded chair with a seat that is at least 3-4 inches higher than knee level. With your knees shoulder-width apart and with your arms reached forward at shoulder-level for balance, simply stand up and then sit down on the chair slowly. Try not to lift or move your feet. Shoot for a target goal of 15 reps of this low-impact exercise.
2. Workout to exercise DVDs.
From strength training to pilates to yoga, you can choose the workout that best suites your needs and style. Another benefit of using a DVD: You can work out around your own schedule.
3. Use an active game system.
Try the Wii Fit or the Wii Fit Plus. The Wii Fit is designed to help you get fit using aerobic and strength training. Or, give one of the dance games a try; they are fun and give you a great cardio workout. Dance games are offered for almost all the new gaming systems.
4. Walk your home stairs.
If you have stairs in your home, walk them often. If you don't have stairs in your home, you can stay active by walking throughout your house. It may seem silly, but the more your body stays in motion, the easier it is to burn calories.
5. Clean to get lean.
Cleaning up your home involves a good deal of physical labor. Sweeping, mopping, and dusting burns fat. If you want to add more "burn" to your cleaning, increase the speed of your movements.
Before You Work Out
Make sure you stretch prior to performing any type of exercise. Stretching helps loosen your muscles up, and prepare your body for more strenuous exercise.
Kermit W. Fox, III, MD
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Specialty Interests: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Acute and Chronic Musculoskeletal Disorders, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Electrodiagnosis, Interventional Spine Procedures for Pain Management.
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