Snowy-Day Home Workouts

In light of the impending snow storm, I am taking away every excuse you might have to not work out because you can’t leave the house.

Photo by Megan Beck

Photo by Megan Beck

1. Watch an exercise video on YouTube– especially the UMass Campus Recreation YouTube! There are literally thousands of workout videos on YouTube ranging from yoga and pilates to cardio bootcamps and “fat blasting circuits.” You can even get specific and target muscles you want to tone by watching ab, bicep, or glute workout videos! This is an excellent way to try new types of exercise in the comfort of your own home- no need to worry about looking silly while doing a complicated yoga pose.  Many videos even have levels for beginners, intermediates and advanced!

2. 5-Minute Speed Circuit. Come on guys, this only takes 5 minutes! Repeat it 5 times with a 1-minute break in between and you have an intense 30 minute workout.

 Here’s how it goes:

  • 30 seconds of speedy feet to warm your body up. Widen your stance, bend your knees and move your feet up and down as quick  as you can go!
  • 30 second rest
  • 30 seconds of jumping lunges. Get in a lunge postion with one foot in front and one foot behind while your hips are lowered in a squat. Lunge down and then jump up. While you are in mid-air, switch your feet so you land in a lunge position on the opposite side. To make this harder you can hold weights or dumbbells.
  • 30 second rest
  • 1 minute of burpees. Start in a standing position. Next lower to a squatting position. Drop your hands forward and kick your legs out behind  you so you are in a push-up position. Do 1 push-up and jump back up into standing position. Repeat.
  • 30 second rest
  • 30 seconds of speed squats. Stand with your legs hip-width apart and then squat down like you are sitting in an imaginary chair. Stand up quickly and do as many as you can in 30 seconds!
  • 30 second rest
  • 30 seconds of jumping jacks.

3. Create your own home workout! This is a great way to make your workout personal and focus on the things you want to! Here are some simple guidelines:

  • Pick how much time you want to spend working out
  • Pick an upper body workout: push-ups, chair dips, curls (use something around the house for a weight!)
  • Pick a lower body workout: lunges, squats, supermans, calf raises
  • Pick a core workout: medicine ball twist, crunches, sit-ups, planks, side planks, bicycles
  • Pick a compound exercise: jumping lunges, mountain climbers, stair climbing, jumping rope, burpees
  • Do 3-5 sets of each exercise with 15-25 repetitions
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