Indoor Exercises To Keep Your Heart-Rate Up
For most of us around the country, just the thought of heading outside to exercise is unbearable. Even for the most physically fit individuals, keeping up with a fitness regime during the winter months isn’t easy. While we may have a few more cold months ahead of us, there should be no excuse for not getting in some exercise. Try these fitness suggestions for working out in your home:
- If you have a set of stairs at home, be prepared to use them. Work up a sweat by adding another round of climbing every time you use the stairs. Or, make your calf muscles burn by stepping up and down on the edge of the stair while reading a book or watching television.
- Try planking. Get in the push-up position and hold the position for 30 seconds to one minute. Each day, try to hold the position longer and see how long you can go. This is a challenging exercise but it’s one of the best you can do for your core muscles.
- Use a sturdy chair or low table to perform chair dips. Make sure the furniture is strong enough to hold your weight during the exercise. With your back to the furniture, place your palms on the edge of the chair. Bend your knees and dip your bottom down until your triceps are engaged. Perform several reps by extending and bending your arms.
- Don’t just walk around your house, do lunges. Try doing lunges down the hallway and back. To make it more challenging, carry weights or water bottles.
- A great cardio workout is jumping jacks and jump rope. When you’re watching television or sitting for a long period of time, get up during breaks and do a set of jumps for a few minutes.
- As much as you may dislike it, cleaning actually is a great way to burn calories. Whether you’re vacuuming or mopping, cleaning your house is a great way to get moving.
What’s your favorite way to burn calories and exercise at home?