Okay, I may be pushing springtime a bit, but remember that staying strong, flexible and healthy is a year round “job.” When we here “Spring” we think, OUTDOORS! The problem with exercising with a “Spring” mentality right now is that the weather is totally unpredictable. One day it’s glorious and the next we have to pull out the rain jackets, snow boots etc. The winterish Spring that we welcome today, however, is NO reason to push off your workouts! Spring and Summer cannot be THAT far off, so give yourself a head-start with some of these great workout options:
A quick at home routine:
Or try these options:
*Get a DVD and work out. There are wonderful workouts on many multi-media platforms now! Make sure that the routine is slanted to your fitness level, or slightly above, and that the instructions promote safe, injury-free movements. Dance, strength training and aerobic dance are perfect to perform in your living room during that cold and cloudy weather.
*Just jump. Jumping rope is a full-body workout that gives a serious challenge even for the most fit. Beginners need to start slowly, just as with all fitness programs and work on increasing time and intensity. Don’t just use a measure of rope and start working out, but get one especially designed for fitness. Turn on some music and jump.
*Stretch. Take a class in yoga or stretching and then apply the postures or movements the next time you’re housebound because of a storm. There are good books and videos on stretching and yoga routines too. You can also find some good stretches detailed on various Internet sites.
*Lift weights. Don’t have weights? Sure you do. Select objects that weigh about the same, such as bags of pasta or cans of unopened soup ,vegetables, laundry detergent etc.
7. Eat well and exercise. “Moderation in all things” has been my personal motto for a long time, but at the core is the need to eat as if the future depends on it and exercise to stay fit for life.
*Just jog, in place and in your house. Or march, with tall steps and a straight back. It’s amazing how five minutes of marching in place to one of your favorite tunes can get the blood pumping through the body. Be sure to contract your stomach muscles as you march and you’ll be exercising your abdominal muscles as you exercise.
These rainy day fitness remedies can’t replace a long brisk walk, a great run or time at the gym, but they will help you maintain your fitness level, perhaps even build it. So the next time the weather announcer says, “More rain!” you’ll be prepared with great rainy day workout tips.
Happy Spring…GET MOVING!