Solutions for Common New Year’s Resolutions
January 18, 2011 2:32 am
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions involves losing weight and getting in shape. Joining a gym can help you do so, but those memberships can be costly. And besides, it can be difficult to get motivated to go to the gym when it’s freezing outside!
There is an easy solution. You can create a fitness space in your new home. And the best part is that it won’t cost you any money. You’ve got all the equipment you need right at your fingertips.
The next time you’re in front of the TV, sit on the edge of the sofa or chair, brace yourself with your hands, and slowly raise your legs in front of you. Hold the position for a count of ten and slowly lower your legs to the floor. Repeat as many times as you can. This exercise is great for working your stomach muscles!
For toned legs, climb the stairs in your home as slowly as you can until the muscles in your legs start to feel tired. When this routine gets easy, try taking the stairs two at a time, or continue single steps, but slow the pace even more.
You can also work your calf muscles while washing dishes. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, and rise up on your toes. Stay there for a few seconds, and slowly lower your feet back down. Repeat as many times as you need until you feel your muscles burn slightly.
Going grocery shopping? Carry bags that are of equal weight in each hand and slowly shrug your shoulders as many times as you can. Once you’re in the house, sit down, grasp one bag in your hand, resting your elbow on your knee. Slowly raise and lower the bag 5-10 times to work your bicep muscle. Switch the bag to your other hand and repeat.
To give your lower back and thigh muscles a workout, place your clean, wet laundry into a laundry basket to transfer to the dryer. Hold the basket in front of you, keeping it close to your body to minimize lower back strain. Place your feet shoulder-width apart, angling your toes slightly outward. Keeping the weight on your heels, slowly descend into a squat by pushing your hips back as if you were sitting down on a chair. Make sure your feet are flat on the floor, and stop when your thighs are parallel to the floor. Slowly stand up straight and repeat 5-10 times.
Finally, for an overall cardio workout, tackle your usual household chores with a burst of speed! Move quickly from dusting to sweeping and vacuuming without taking a break. You’ll finish your chores in record time and get a great workout at the same time!
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