Don't let Winter Drag you down from working out! Here are some great at home exercises!
The plank is a great full body workout. Rest your forearms to elbows on the floor and hold your body up with toes on the ground. You can modify this by placing your hands on the ground instead of your forearms. Keep your back flat for the most benefit and to prevent injury. Hold the position for as long as you can, aim for 1 minute! For an added challenge lift one leg up and hold, then alternate legs.
Use a chair, couch, or bench for this one. With your back facing the chair, place your hands on the edge, lifting your body up with your legs out straight. Bend your elbows and lower yourself down. Feel the burn in your triceps! Aim to do three sets of ten repetitions.
You many think push ups are just for your arms but because you are holding yourself in plank position they really are a full body workout. If the winter months are keeping you in, its a great time to work on your push ups. Set a goal to do 5-10 every morning when you get up or each night before you go to bed.
30 Day Squat Challenges are becoming quite popular. Start with 30 squats (3 sets of 10 - or any amount you choose) one day and each day add one more for the next 30 days. By the end you will notice a difference in your leg and glute strength.
Use a wall for support and bend your knee as if you are sitting in a chair. Hold for as long as you can. Aim for 30 seconds or keep going if that’s too easy - challenge yourself! You should feel this in your glutes, hamstrings, and quads. You could even try holding a wall sit for the whole time you brush your teeth!
Calf raises are easy to do anywhere and anytime. Simply move up and down on your toes. Keep going as long as you can - you’ll feel the burn! Try doing these as you cook dinner or watch tv!
Artical Provided by: MetroWest Nutrition