By Megan Reece
You might be the skiing or snowboarding type. Perhaps you love the sight of falling snow and the brisk chill of winter days. Or maybe not.
The fact is, native Coloradoan or not, you might not be a big fan of winter; many of us yearn for the warm spring and summer days. If you are one of these folks, you might struggle to find good ways to stay in shape during the colder months.
If you do not belong to a gym, or if you do and you wake up one morning to discover you can’t get out your front door for the snow, you will need an alternative. Luckily, most of what you need to get a good workout can be found around your house. So the next time you are searching for a way to get moving in your own home, look no farther than the workout below.
Living Room Lunges
To work your thighs (quadriceps), the backs of your thighs (hamstrings) and your gluteus (your rear end), lunges are a great one-stop move. Start with your feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, shoulders pulled back and your abs pulled in toward your spine. With your right foot, take one big step forward, going slowly to keep your balance. Bend your right knee (you should be able to see your right toes) and your left knee toward the floor. Straighten your legs and repeat 20 times. Switch your leading leg to complete the set. If you need help balancing, hold onto a wall or a chair.
For a full minute, go up and down the largest staircase in your home. This is your interval; the stairs give you a chance to raise your heart rate and reap the benefits of cardiovascular exercise. You can run or walk the stairs, as long as you do so continuously for a minute.
Kitchen Wall Push-Ups
Stand with your toes pointing towards a wall (the closer you are to the wall, the easier this will be). Place your palms at about eye level, slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, against the wall. Do a “push-up” by bending your arms and bringing your nose close to the wall. Repeat for 20 push-ups. These will work your chest (pectorals).
After those 20, move your palms closer together and bring your elbows in so that your forearms are parallel to each other. Do 20 more push-ups; these will work the muscles on the backs of your arms (triceps).
If you actually own a jump rope and enjoy jumping, jump for a minute straight, with full jumps with both of your feet. If you are not a roper, mime the action for a minute.
Repeat these moves in order three times. You will get a good lower body, upper body and cardiovascular workout. If these start to get too easy, add another set, lunge farther down, step farther away from the wall for your push-ups or do each cardiovascular move for two minutes instead of one.