Archive | January, 2014

Snowed In + Cabin Fever = Couch Potato Syndrome

22 Jan

CouchPotatoSnowed in?!?! Me too! Given how frequently we are experiencing this so called “Polar Vortex”, it is easy to fall into the trap of sitting on the couch, and packing the pounds on. If you don’t have a gym membership, or lead an active lifestyle, chances are you’re susceptible to winter weight gain. This is in direct correlation to the lack of exercise + poor dieting. The good news is – You can still have a hot body when the weather is not!

Here are some of my favorite exercises you can do right in the comfort of your own home. Make sure you stretch prior to performing any type of exercise. Stretching helps loosen your muscles up, and prepare your body for more strenuous activities.

1. Jump rope – 2 to 3 min for 5 sets
2. Jumping jacks – 6 sets of 30 with 10 sec rest between sets
3. Plank holds – 1 set includes a 30-second hold, 40 sec, 50 sec, then 60 sec and rest 60 seconds, 3 sets (How to do a plank)
4. High knees – 1 min on then 1 min off, alternate from marching to running
5. Stairs or Step-ups – Use chair for step-ups alternating legs, 10 up and 10 down, 3 sets
6. Walking Lunges – In longest hallway or from room to room, 3 sets of 20 lunges
7. Dancing – Pick your favorite playlist or turn on the radio and jam out!
8. Cleaning – Vacuuming, Sweeping, Mopping, Laundry, 2 hours worth of housework can burn up to 500 calories!
9. Yoga – Can find tutorial videos on YouTube or OnDemand, sessions are usually 60 minutes
10. Water Bottle Weights – Fill water in half gallon/gallon container and perform arm curls & shoulder press. 3 sets of 15 each.

These are just a few great ways you can stay active and fit during the winter season. Remember that a better quality of life starts with a better quality YOU. Email me at u1sthw.falaq@gmail.com for more exercises. Stay warm everybody!

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