OT - Tone-up Tuesday
Happy Tuesday, STalkers! Can you believe we're already halfway through January?!
I don't know where YOU are, but it's cold (some would say frigid) and snowy here and outdoor exercise is not always doable. Not everyone is a member of the Polar Bear Club or into skiing! On the flip side, exercising in extreme heat does not work well for everyone.
So when you have to keep your workout indoors and do NOT have access to a gym, what do you do? Jazzercise? Sweatin' to the Oldies?
Here are 10 things you can do:
1. Jump Rope
This is a good cardio workout! Not everyone has the ceiling space. Who can fake it?
2. Stair Stepping
No stairs in your home? Find a BIG book, a stool, or a sturdy toolbox.
3. The Plank
If you don't have a lot of time, but want to build up your core muscles, this is the exercise for you!
Dancing is a great way to burn calories and get your heart rate going. Dance like no one is watching (ignore your furbabies rolling their eyes)!
Perfect exercise for the hallway - all the way down and back. Hold weights in your hands to make the lunges more challenging. Feel the burn!
Don't scoff! CLeaning can be VERY physical! Especially vacuuming and mopping. For a good arm workout, clean the shower stall, bathtub, and windows. You can kill two birds with one stone.
7. Water Bottle Weights
If you want to do some arm, shoulder, and back strength training, you can make your own weights by filling up water bottles. If water bottles become too easy, use milk jugs. You can increase the water amount a little bit each time you work out.
8. High Knees
Unlike running in place, this will really get your heart pumping. However, it can be awkward and not everyone can do this (bad knees, bad ankles). Instead of running in place, try High Knees Marching.
9. Jumping Jacks
This in an elementary school throwback, but it's a great cardio workout. You might want to wear your sports bra...
10. YouTube Workout
If you have internet at home, search "workout" (or for a specific type of workout). This eliminates the need to buy workout DVDs and you can mix up what you're doing to avoid boredom.
This home workout really appealed to me: