When it’s pouring outside, you can still work up a sweat without stepping out of your home.
It’s probably happened to all of us at some point – you’ve got your gym bag packed, your trainers on and you’re about to leave for spin class or the yoga studio when it suddenly begins pouring down outside. You could brave the rain and the traffic and get your workout in… or you could stay dry at home and just skip working out today. Right?
Well, why not both? You could stay indoors and reach your fitness goals at the same time. You don’t even need any fancy equipment! Check out these simple yet effective exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home.
This is the ultimate total body exercise, guaranteed to leave you thoroughly pumped. First, lower your body into a squat, placing your hands in front of you. Next, kick your feet back to place yourself in a push-up position, with your hands firmly on the ground for support. Then, lower yourself into a slow and controlled push-up, keeping your core tight and elbows close to your body. Kick your feet back into their original position, also known as a frog jump. Finally, jump up with explosive force and land in the squat position again.
All you need for this tricep-blasting move is a sturdy chair. Sit on the edge of a chair, gripping its edges with your hands by your sides. Then, lift your bottom up and walk yourself forward a few steps. Next, lower your body while keeping your core straight and tight, until your elbows are bent at a 90-degree angle. Then straighten your arms to push yourself back up. Repeat this 10 times per set, for as many sets as you like.
3. Walking lunges
Lunges are an extremely effective exercise that not only work your legs and pelvic area but also improve hip flexibility and develop core strength. To start off, stand tall with your back straight. Then, take a step about half a metre forward with one foot while lowering your body at the same time. Your back should remain straight and your front knee must not go past your toes. Without stepping backwards, repeat with your other foot so you’re ‘walking’ forwards.
4. Bicycle crunch
A recent study about popular abdominal gym equipment and trendy abdominal exercises found that the most effective move was still the traditional crunch. To begin, lie flat on your back either on the floor or a mat, with your hands behind your head and your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Contract your abdominal muscles to lift your head and shoulders up. Then, bring your right knee towards your right armpit, keeping your left leg straight. Rotate your torso to bring your left elbow as close to your right knee as possible. Continue this movement with your left knee.
Now, no matter how brutal the elements are, you don’t have to put off your exercise routine. The next time you see dark clouds outside, you can put away that umbrella and still experience a great workout, right in your own home.