Indoor Exercises for the Winter Months
Fitness is a necessity for maintaining good health. It’s a crucial way to ensure that your body remains ready to take on any obstacles that come your way and it's healthy for your mind too.
Experts suggest that everyone should exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes every day - a task that's not so easy to keep up with. Exercising isn’t always easy for everyone. Moreover, with the harsh winter weather already upon us and COVID continuing to ruin our plans, going to the gym to exercise is sometimes not possible.
Many people often start missing out on exercising simply because the cold weather often discourages them. If you’re someone who isn’t always able to get up and go outside to exercise, then you’re in luck. Here are some of the best indoor exercises that you can execute within your very own home during the winter.Push-ups
First and foremost, regularly doing push-ups can do wonders. They’re an immensely useful all-around exercise that work on targeting not only your chest but also your triceps.
To perform, put your hands straight down on the floor in front of you shoulder width apart. Go down until your chest is nearly touching the floor and then push yourself back up. Keep your back straight and butt down.
Although regular push-ups may be deemed somewhat difficult for beginners, the best part is that there are numerous variations that you can work on. For one, if you feel as if regular push-ups just aren’t for you, you can move to knee push-ups to make it easier. On the other hand, if regular push-ups seem too easy you can always use additional weight on your back to make the exercise more intense.Planks
If you wish to tone down on your body fat and strengthen your core, one of the exercises that may work best is none other than the plank. Simply put your forearms on the floor shoulder width apart with your feet in the regular push-up stance and stay there for as long as you can.
The plank works to target your abdomen and can be intense, especially when done for extended periods of time. The longest plank on record is over 9 and a half hours, but you only need to do a plank for a minute at a time to start seeing results.Pull-Ups
This exercise is great for working on your back muscles and your biceps, but it does require some equipment. You can do this exercise by either installing a pull-up bar within your home or simply hanging from the doorframe. Grip the bar with you palms facing away, and pull your body up until your chin reaches the bar.
To make this exercise easier, install the bar low enough so that you can start from a sitting or kneeling position.Squats
It's always best to have a well-rounded fitness routine. Squats work your glute and hamstring muscles - they are a staple for a leg day workout.
Stand with a wider-than-usual stance and then squat down as if you are sitting down onto a chair. Go down until your legs reach a 90-degree angle and then stand back up. Repeat this exercise as many times as you like. To make it more difficult, hold a set of weights while doing it.
All in all, if you wish to start getting into shape, the number of potential exercises you can do is truly limitless. It all comes down to how willing and determined you are.