Indoor fitness is fun

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Indoor fitness is fun
As we all wait for the monsoon rains to drench us and take away our worries, the hot and sticky weather is not ideal for those of us who prefer working out outdoors. In order to keep up with your fitness levels, you can either join a gym or plan out a workout routine within the comforts of your home till the weather improves.

The ideal way to kick off your workout would be with Stair Stepping. This is a great exercise to do in your home, even if you don’t have a set of stairs available. Find a foot-stool, put it in front of the TV, and step up and down while watching your favourite show. You may not work up a sweat like you would running outdoors, but you will be keeping your body active.

We all have our favourite songs and dancing is a great way to work up a sweat. Put on your favourite music and get moving. If you have children, it is a great way to bond with your children who love it when their parents let their hair down. Not only will you get a workout, you will also get your children moving and sufficiently tired to go to bed early especially on a school night!

Dancing is an excellent way to burn calories and get your heart rate going while having fun. If you are in the privacy of your own home, there is no need to look like a pro or impress anyone.

If you don’t have a lot of time, but you want to build up your core muscles, Plank is the exercise for you. Get into a push-up position, but instead of bending your arms and moving down towards the floor, hold the position with your arms extended. Start off holding the position for 30 seconds, and add an additional 10 seconds every day. See how long you can go for -- it’s definitely not easy! But it is one of my favourite exercises and it’s also one of the best for your core.

Lunges are great for your legs. An interesting way to do lunges is down the hallway or across the room. Instead of stepping back into place, step forward, and continue until you make it all the way down the hallway and back. You should feel the intense burn in your legs with this workout.

For an added challenge, either hold weights in your hands to make the lunges more challenging, or in case you don’t have weights, take half litre water bottles and keep adding in more water as you get stronger.

To keep your activity level up, you can also try High Knees or Jumping Jacks. Try to march in place or down a hall, and bring your knees as high as they can go. Maintain this for two to three minutes at a time and do five to six sets. If you are used to a higher intensity, then remember the PT classes in school and try Jumping Jacks. Combine this with interval training; go for Jumping Jacks for 20-30 seconds with a 10-second rest, and do 8-10 sets to really work up a sweat.

All of these ideas are just guidelines; the key here is the willingness to find new spaces to workout irrespective of the weather. Once you prioritise fitness in your life, I am sure you will also come up with enough innovative ideas to keep going.

(The author is a wellness expert and runs a fitness centre in New Delhi)

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