The Winter Workout
Buffalo has had an easy winter. A few weeks ago, I was driving to the gym with my window cracked and the sun shining. Now we're making up for it by getting all of the snow we've missed. In one day.
I went to the gym this morning, simply because I got paid to go. If I wasn't making money, you can bet I wouldn't have made it. Quite honestly, the only reason I decided to continue my trek to work was because there was a giant snowpile in my driveway that I didn't want to trudge through again so soon. So if someone like me, who's life and passions are all about fitness, doesn't want to go to the gym, who can be blamed for feeling that way?
Sometimes, it's not a lack of motivation or drive. Sometimes, it's just the giant snow drifts, slushy roads, and cars dotting the sides of the road. And that's okay. If you decided to play it safe and warm, don't beat yourself up. Instead, take the opportunity to do something a little different. Who knows, maybe you'll have fun and you won't feel so bad next time that you decide burning fat isn't worth freezing bones.
Bonus points if you have an animal or child who likes to crawl on top of you whenever you're working out to add some extra difficulty!
The At-Home Winter Workout:
Superset: Push ups 4x10 & Mountain Climbers 4x25
Superset: Lunges 4x10 & Squat Jumps 4x15
Superset: Supermans 4x10 & Bicycle Crunches 4x25
Superset: Squats 4x10 & Hip Thrusts 4x15
Bicep Curls 4x15
-Push ups can be made easier by starting on your knees, or placing your hands on a chair, bench, or couch.
-Push ups can be made harder by elevating your feet on a chair, bench, couch, or wall, or by moving your hands closer together.
-Squats can be typical bodyweight squats. You can also grab something with some weight to it and do goblet squats, try plie squats, or plie squats with a side kick at the top.
-Hip thrusts can be done with shoulders/upper back on a chair, bench, or couch. You can also place your shoulders/upper back on the floor with feet on the floor or up on a wall.
-If you don't have anything hefty that's easy to hold for bicep curls, roll up a towel and hold one end in each hand. Loop it underneath one thigh and use your leg to add the right amount of resistance!
There are plenty of excuses to skip the gym. That doesn't mean you have to sit on the couch all night and feel bad about it later! The best part about working out at home? You can marathon your favorite tv show and no one will care if you're wearing that old ratty sweatshirt.