Keep yourself active in winter without leaving the house with these simple home exercises
Shorter days and colder temperatures. As winter draws nearer, often your motivation to exercise will waver. Hardly surprising as the conditions don’t really encourage you to throw on your running shoes and pound the icy pavement. Lack of motivation to exercise, coupled with comfort eating, is one of the main reasons people put on weight during winter. Achieving the recommended 150 minutes a week of physical activity may seem like an impossible feat.
To avoid this – and the cold – indoor home exercise can help keep your fitness on track throughout the winter and support your ongoing health and wellbeing. Plus, exercise is known to help to strengthen your immune system reducing the risk of illnesses during the colder months. Double bonus.
Love your life this winter. Keep fit with our easy and simple all over body exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home.
Get your heart pumping
Warm up with a cardio circuit. Circuits are great because they keep your heart rate up – burning lots of calories as you move from one exercise to the next without resting. Increasing your heart rate through exercise is also a great way to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
Squat until you’re hot
Squatting not only tones your legs by building muscle but also improves strength and balance in your lower body.
Squatting at home:
3 sets of 10 reps
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, squat 20 times, making sure you keep your back straight and knees over your feet. Take your time and don’t rush it, as this will help build strength in your leg muscles and improve your balance. Increase the exercise intensity by adding five additional squats each day or introduce weights
Armed and ready
Working your upper body will help to tone your back and arms, strengthening muscles you use every day.
Biceps and triceps at home:
3 sets of 20 reps (10 on each arm)
Your legs shoulder width apart, hold two small weights in each hand (or two small water bottles) and push them out in front of you in a punch-like motion repeatedly.
Using a chair, face away with your hands on the edge to support your weight, bend your elbows to lower your body towards the floor and the push back up to work your triceps.
Exercising your core muscles will help to achieve a flat stomach and will provide stability and strength in everything you do.
The perfect plank routine:
Hold each plank position for 30-60 seconds
- Try the 3-way plank. Hold a straight plank position to work your abdominals then turn on your side, balancing on one hand – or forearm if this is too intense – to work your oblique muscles. Repeat on the other side.
Keep your health and fitness motivation this winter with a home exercise routine. Follow our guide or download a workout app to help you keep active, prevent winter weight-gain and stay feeling energetic without having to leave the house!