“No Equipment” Workout
Keeps You Fit Throughout the Winter
By: Zyana Morris
A warm bed and hearty meals seem more attractive than the freezing outdoors or a chilly gym. But you know that fitness doesn’t have an off-season. Of course, running outside during winter is challenging, but when the mercury drops it does not mean you give up your exercise routine and other healthy activities.
If you love staying active and are struggling to get outside, there’s nothing to worry about.
You Can Workout Without Equipment!
If you don’t want laziness to take over your healthy lifestyle during winter, there are plenty of ways you can still stay fit. That’s right. Even if it’s dark in the morning, you no longer have to hit the snooze button. Sure, working out indoors without equipment may look a little silly (what if a neighbor catches you doing planks and jumping jacks…LOL) but it’s definitely worth it.
If you are looking to strengthen your core muscles, look no further than planks. You can start off by holding the plank position for at least 30 seconds and gradually increase the holding time by 10 seconds every day.
Planks not only strengthen your shoulders and arms but also helps you tone your abs. If you feel that traditional planks are too easy, you can try other variations such as side planks or plank jacks.
Stepping, Push Ups, and Burpees
Stepping, burpees, and pushups are some of the most effective exercises you could resort to especially during winters when hitting the gym is not a doable option. Not only do these moves sculpt your lower body nicely, but you can also add a healthy dose of cardio to your fitness routine.
If you do not have stairs in your home, you could use an aerobic stepper. You can even step on and off it while watching your favorite show. To burn more calories, you can do push-ups, squats or burpees during the commercial break. Using a stepper at a slower pace only provides moderate cardio, but it’s better than sinking into winter hibernation mode.
Skip it with a Jump Rope
Desperate times call for desperate measures. If you think jump ropes are just fun for little ones, you could never be more wrong. Staying indoors during winters could get a bit boring so why not unleash the child in you and burn some calories and have fun at the same time?
You’ll be surprised to know that jumping rope can be as effective as an intense cardio workout. So if skipping rope seems ordinary, incorporate 2 ten minute skipping sessions into your cardio routine comprising of planks, and leg jumps.
You can always search for different at home workout videos on YouTube. This will not only eliminate the need for buying new DVDs, but you can add an exciting mix of exercises to your workout plan.
YouTube channels by professional fitness trainers would also come in extremely handy when you are not quite sure about doing specific exercises. In addition to the thousands of workout videos, you can also search for exercises that suit your needs.
Another great way of burning calories, staying active and having fun is to dance! You could do it while being alone at home or could invite a couple of close friends over for a dance session. Pick any hip song that you like or used to dance to during your college life and dance your heart out. Also, since there is no one to judge, you could be yourself and move the way you really want to.
What’s better than losing some weight, building up muscles and getting some work done, all at the same time?
Well when it starts snowing, take out the shovel and start clearing the pathway, sidewalk and main entrance of your house. While this activity allows you to get moving and some fresh air, it also helps you burn up to 500 calories per hour.
For those who have a fitness trampoline, the winter season is when it really comes in handy. Fitness trampolines have become quite trendy for obvious reasons: (a) they can be as effective as a good mile’s sprint when correctly used and (b) they are super fun and utterly irresistible.
Furthermore, you will never have to worry about getting any knee joint damaged as they are well protected by the low-impact cushioning. However, you must make sure the trampoline you have is not only of high quality but also sturdy.
Too cold and tired to hit the gym but don’t want to skip leg day? It’s easy to get lazy during winter but let’s not let that stop us from having strong leg muscles. If you want to tone and strengthen your legs at home, you can perform lunges.
The good news is that you can do them even when you are walking down your hallway or moving from room to room. A few minutes into lunges and you would start feeling the intense burn in your legs. If the exercise gets easy, you can take it up a notch by holding weights in your hands.
Working out with no equipment is one of the easiest ways to stay active and in shape during the winter season when you don’t want to go to the gym. Just stay home and try some of our suggestions, which one are you going to try first?