There are several reasons why we may need, or choose, to exercise indoors. If you don’t have a gym, you may become discouraged before you even begin. But don’t let that get you down! Read on for suggestions for indoor workouts.
First, allow me to state that I am not a doctor, exercise physiologist, or trainer. I am, however, a former college athlete with an advanced degree in psychology as well as a mother of two young children. I am mindful of fitness regimens, healthy habits, and motivational success. Finding creative ways to exercise began after college graduation because it was crucial to keep moving, even when I didn’t feel like it. Here are some simple tips that I use…
- PLAY WITH YOUR CHILDREN – dancing, jump rope, army crawls, etc. I even used a skip-it (old school, I know!). These are great cardio workouts, and your kids will think you’re awesome!
- PLAY VIDEO GAMES – I know gaming devices have come a long way, so take advantage of it. We love to play Wii boxing and bowling, and we seriously go all out. It doesn’t even feel like exercise, but major calories are burned as long as you’re able to keep it up for a while.
- CLEAN YOUR HOUSE – This works, but make sure you’re breaking a sweat while vacuuming or sweeping the floor. This is perfect for rainy days since it’s not practical to go outside anyway.
- TAKE THE STAIRS – Yes, work out on your stairs just as you would your stair climber. Climb them numerous times, and try to increase your speed with each pass.
- GO TRADITIONAL – sit ups, push ups, lunges, workout DVDs, resistance bands, etc. Use these standard exercises to increase heart rate, burn calories, and stay in shape.
Any of these will give you a boost on those days when exercising outside isn’t an option. Give them a try, and remember to keep moving!