Do rainy days leave you stressed that you are going to lose all you gained if you do not engage in exercise for weight loss?
It’s raining (or snowing, sleeting, freezing cold) and you don’t feel inspired to get out there and get your heart rate up in bad weather. You’ll just have to skip your workout today, right? Wrong!
Below are three easy moves you can do inside where it’s nice, comfortable and dry:
If you have stairs in your home, they offer an excellent opportunity to work your legs and buns. You can either walk up and down the flight several times, or if you are in better shape, jog quickly up and down to work up a sweat. If you don’t have a full flight of stairs but have one or two, you can step up and down repeatedly, alternating legs. If you have no stairs at all, try stepping up and down (carefully) on a step-stool or sturdy box.
Squats can provide a great workout in a short period of time, and they require very little space to perform. Standing with your feet about shoulder-width apart, start bending your knees and lowering your body until your legs are bent at a 90 degree angle, then slowly rise back up to a standing position. You can also work your upper body at the same time by raising both arms straight out in front of you as you squat down, then lowering them back to your sides as you stand up.
Pushups are a great exercise for working your arms, chest and back. If traditional floor pushups are too hard for you, start with “wall pushups” – leaning forward with your hands pressed against a wall and pushing your body weight back with your arms. If you have a pullup bar, you can use virtually any doorway to secure it and get a great workout for your arms.
These moves are just the beginning too; there are endless great exercises you can do at home to work up a sweat, elevate your heart rate and strengthen your muscles. If you don’t like traditional workouts like these, how about simply turning on the stereo and working up a sweat dancing around the house? Or cleaning out the garage or basement? Or cleaning your home from top to bottom, washing walls, windows and floors?
Think outside the box and you can come up with dozens of great activities to substitute for your normal workout routine.
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