After The Holidays: Indoor Exercise
To Get You Through The Winter
As much fun as the holidays are, recovering from all the parties, ornaments and food is quite a process. Though the average American only gains about one pound each holiday season, that pound sticks to us. Add a winter of staying indoors and being sedentary, the holiday damage is hard to undo. But we if stay on top of our physical activity, it won't be lasting damage. Here are 4 ideas for indoor exercise to get you through the winter.
When you're constricted by the living room, it's hard to keep moving to burn calories and maintain our shape, but it's not impossible. A 15-minute hula hoop session gets your body in motion -- do it while you're watching TV rather than sitting on the couch. If you want to raise your heart rate, do jumping jacks until your breathing gets heavy. Alternate those with mountain climbers three or four times a week for 30 minutes -- it doesn't sound like much, but just a little bit of exercise works against the extra calories you consumed over the holidays.
Keep Your Balance
Balance exercise should be incorporated into your exercise routine for a well-rounded workout. Balance is part of what makes yoga and tai chi great workouts. Balance exercises can be very simple and don't feel like a workout. Do things like see how long you can stand on one foot (a yoga tree pose) or weight shifts (stand on one foot, then stand on the other). If you want more of a challenge, wear ankle weights or grip free weights as you try to keep your balance on each foot.
The best part about being stuck inside for the winter is you can concentrate on developing and defining muscle without causing the ruckus that cardio exercises do. There are all sorts of resistance exercises you can do to stop muscle mass from turning into fat. Free weights and kettlebells are inexpensive and compact, so you can create a temporary workout lounge in front of the TV without making a mess. What's great about kettlebell workouts is that they don't feel like workouts. Swing them between your legs, squat while holding it one hand or just set it down, stand up straight and then lower yourself to pick it up again. If weights take up too much space, try resistance bands. They add a little more work to your squats, leg extensions, and arm curls.
If you really need a workout or you just want to let off steam, turn up some fun tunes and get a dance party going. It's your chance to get excellent cardio, improve your coordination and work several sets of muscles without leaving your living room. It's also a fun way to spend an hour of your afternoon when snow is keeping you inside.
Just like you, your dog needs indoor play time in the winter to stay fit and keep his muscles moving. Why not multi-task and make your dog's play time part of your indoor workout? Play a gentle game of fetch with his holiday pet toys, or race him up and down the stairs to get your heart rates up. While it's fun for both you and your pup, a little puppy playtime hardly feels like you're doing your body good.
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