While the monsoons bring relief to most, exercise junkies are not at all fond of the season. The cold weather makes you lazy to follow your gym routine. Worse, the rain that usually comes this time of the year makes you want to just stay at home.
Here are some ways you can make the most of working out at your humble abode.
If you want to opt for a good cardio workout, skipping works the best. It helps improve cardio-respiratory fitness, flexibility, and coordination. It is a high-impact exercise great for building bones and getting rid of unwanted fat from your hips, thighs, and sides.
Make sure to keep your jumps small to keep impact on your knees and ankles to a minimum, and raise your feet just about an inch off the ground.
Who says you can only jog outside? Well, jogging can be done indoors and it’s just as satisfying as jogging on the street. Spot jogging is an ideal warm up or as a pre-work exercise. Lift your knees and move them back to the ground, all while moving your arms and legs in a running action.
Forget the infamous planking challenge back in 2012 because this fitness planking will surely give you your dream abs. Get into a push-up position. Bend your arms and move down towards the floor. Hold position with your arms extended. Start off holding position for 30 seconds. This exercise seems effortless but is actually very challenging. Proper planking tones your core areas — abs, back, and stabilizer muscles.
Yoga as a form of meditation can be done regularly at home. Meditation unites the body, mind and spirit. Not only does it help you become more aware of your body posture, alignment, and patterns of movement, it also makes the body flexible and helps you relax.
It’s actually quite similar with yoga as it puts emphasis on the development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and graceful movements. Mat Pilates is one of the basic types for it requires no equipment.
Just a tip: the hundred is an excellent mat-based Pilates exercise. This movements wake up the body and promote blood circulation and proper breathing. Simply lie on your back and bring both the knees close to the chest; curl the head and shoulders off the mat, and reach the legs to a controlled working level — bent at 90 degrees or straight.
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