January 06, 2014
During the holiday season, it’s easy to get on the wrong side of the calorie count. Finding time for getting some well needed exercise gets more difficult especially as the weather gets colder and the motivation to go for a run outside starts to sag. While the gym might be an option, and full of great exercise equipment, you still need to get there, and it’s easy to make the excuses not to go.
Indoor workout routines can be a great choice for this time of year. Just roll out an exercise mat, put on some good music or a workout DVD and start warming up. They’re also great if you’re a busy traveler and want to throw in 10-15 minutes of exercises in the hotel. Here are a few calorie burning exercises you can do right in your living room.
Jumping jacks are great for a warm up; rotate through a combination of the following routines for 30 seconds each:
After 5-10mins of this, take some time to stretch out the muscles before continuing.
You only need about 15 minutes for a good ab workout, and it doesn’t all have to be all crunches. For floor work, there are a wide variety of moves to target this important region of the body:
Working on your glamour muscles can also be done at home without any special equipment. Pushups will help utilize a number of larger muscles including the pecs and deltoids, and some triceps. They are also great for strengthening your core muscles and improving your posture. Try doing a mix of pushups to target the muscles differently. If you have a small step you can try incline and decline pushups. Also wide grip and narrow grip (military), and if you’re feeling like a show off, one arm! A chair is the perfect tool for a set of tricep dips. Raise a leg in the air if you want to make it a little harder on yourself.
Video workouts are great if you like to have a personal in home trainer telling you what you need to do, or if you want to take it up a notch. Indoor workout programs like Insanity don’t require any props and can easily be performed in about 6ft x 6ft of living space.
Here’s a great tip – exercise your intestines with high quality probiotics that can assist with digestion, regularity and as well as help you with just feeling better. Whatever you choose to do, find something that fits your fitness levels and do it regularly. The main goal is to take some time to get the blood flowing and staying healthy through the holidays, and hopefully take off some of those holiday pounds!
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