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The weather outside may be frightful, but exercising is still delightful! What happens when winter weather puts the brakes on your ability to get to the gym to get in your daily exercise? Well, it’s time to get moving in your own home, of course!
According to Melissa Bell, exercise specialist at Healthworks at Cambridge Village of Apex, there are plenty of opportunities to bring the workout home when the weather or other obstacles stand in the way of your trip to the gym. Exercises like leg raises, wall or incline pushups, squats or wall sits, standing marches, and stepups (see illustrations for details) allow you to stay active and fit without a lot of fancy equipment or complex moves.
When you’re caught off guard and need a spur of-the-moment at-home workout, Bell said that there are many items around the house that you can use to aid in your workout, without additional investment.
“You can use a chair or counter for balance, a step for step-ups or lunges or even stretching, canned goods or water bottles for weights, a dog leash for stretching, a tennis ball for grip strength, a sock filled with beans or rice for ankle or wrist weights,” said Bell.
And if you’re willing to make a small investment in some equipment so that you’re fully prepared for your next at-home workout, Bell suggests investing in two staples — resistance bands and exercise videos.
“I like the idea of bands because they usually come in packs of four or five bands that people can grow into as they get stronger,” said Bell. “The videos you can either purchase locally or online or find for free on YouTube.”
Before trying any exercise program, though, Bell recommends checking with your doctor, working on proper form with a professional, starting slowly and, of course, staying hydrated!
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