Staying active indoors in the winter
Columbia has been freezing the past couple days, and the last thing we want is to be outside for longer than necessary. And with ice and snow on the ground, you probably want to drive as little as possible. However, bundling up under blankets indoors isn’t great for staying in shape. Here are a couple tips to keep your heart rate up while the temperature is low.
Utilize your space
If you have open space, maybe in your basement or living room, you can walk, run laps or possibly even jump rope. No space? See what you can move! Push the coffee table out of the way and create a new workout area.
Don’t have a home set of weights? Use gallon jugs filled with water or canned food for use in basic exercises like bicep curls. Don’t have a jump rope? Do jumping jacks.
But make yourself move to the floor in front the couch, place your arms on the edge, and do a couple dips while in front of the TV. Or do a wall sit for 30 seconds, about the length of a commercial. You’ll feel better than just sitting all night.
Do it old school
Not all exercise requires equipment. Try push-ups, sit-ups, squats and other calisthenics. They may seem more basic, but they get you off the couch and increase your blood flow.
Turn up the radio
Doing household chores? Turn on the radio and have fun with it! Maybe you’ll want to bust out your favorite dance moves while doing the dishes to keep moving.
What are you doing to stay active in the winter?