Is the constant downpour affecting your workout schedule? We are talking about motivated joggers, gym hoppers and outdoor sports enthusiasts, of course. Fret no more – here is all that you need to know to break a sweat indoors and keep in shape through the monsoons. Washboard abs and toned legs are but a few exercise reps away!
- Jogging on the Spot
This particular exercise is effortless and needs nothing but your own body and some self-motivation – you can pace yourself according to your current fitness levels and reap immense calorie-burning benefits.
- Biking Indoors
Riding your bicycle out in the open can be hugely liberating, making your adrenaline levels surge. But a slippery, muddy trail can be dangerous and impede your progress. Hit the stationary bike to maintain your fitness levels anyway.
- Push-ups and Planks
These exercises will build upper body strength and stamina. Start slow and ensure to pay attention to your lower back, and work your way to a higher number of reps.
- March with Twist
Do a marching-on-spot regimen while simultaneously lifting your hands when your legs are on the ground, and bringing them down together on the side of the leg you lift up each time. Your arms, legs and obliques are worked and will start toning up instantly.
- Wide Side Crunch
Stand with your legs as far apart as is comfortable (a wide squat) – pick up light weights with each hand and bend sideways on either side with your arms curled (elbows bent at 90°) and legs still in the initial position. This one is a complete body workout of medium intensity.
- Surya Namaskar
This incredible yoga pose has been many Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities’ (remember Kareena Kapoor Khan and her svelte figure in the movie ‘Tashan’) go-to workout routine to slim down and build strength. You can see how to do it right here – make sure to include at least 20 reps per day (the more the better).
- Bicycle Crunches
Lie down with your back flat on the ground – place your hands behind your head, lift your legs in a 45° angle from the ground and alternately bring each knee and the opposite elbow to your chest. Repeat with the opposite knee and elbow, and include as many reps as you can.
We have all heard how rowing tones your entire body. Mimic the rowing motion while sitting down on the floor (over a yoga mat), throw in as many reps as is possible given your current physical state, and voila, you are on your way to a fitter, more confident you.
- Wall Squat
Stand upright with a small exercise ball between your lower back and a wall. Slowly do a squatting motion till your knees are at a 90° angle with the floor. The ball will have to be worked down from its initial position behind your lower back to just below your shoulders through the course of this move. Come back up and repeat at least 15 times.
- Mountain Climber
Get down into a push-up position and hold the pose – move your legs in a jogging motion to zap calories in no time at all.
A personal trainer can guide you through all these moves better and help you reach your fitness goals faster – book a session with a Housejoy fitness expert now!