Working Out On A Rainy Day
It’s so revitalising to work out among the leaves and fresh blossoms down the neighbourhood park. The warm sun and the fresh air quiets the mind. But not every day is rainbows and sunshine. We know! It’s so hard to compel yourself to work out when it’s grey and wet outside.
Although the cosy weather pulls you back, it isn’t fair to your body to deny a good workout because of a little rain. Now move your furniture and roll up a mat, these indoor workouts will get you breathing heavily and grunting loudly. Since there’s no one to judge you can go crazy with your workouts!
Are you ready? Let’s go!
1. Russian twists
This exercise will burn all your love handles and melt off that side pouch on your stomach. This movement gets you reaching for those hard to touch oblique muscles.
Lie with bowed knees and your feet touching firmly into the ground, pressing your palms next to the chest. Rest back slightly, holding your spine upright. Expire as you rotate to the left, striking your right arm to the left-hand side. Inhale back to centre, and then do the opposite side. You can hold a water bottle, kettlebell or dumbbell in front of your chest for the advanced version.
This is one of the most beneficial workouts for your lower back muscle and it also engages all your other major groups of muscles like the rectus, abdomen and torso. The movement may be subtle but it builds core strength.
Rest on the floor in a prone (belly down) position, with legs straight and arms extended in front of you. Keeping your head looking forward (avoid looking up), slowly lift the arms and legs around 6 inches off the ground or until you feel your lower back muscles contracting.
3. Bicycle Crunch
This exercise is a fun rotational movement to the conventional floor crunch. It tones up the waistline and gives a good workout for your legs and hips. As it mimics a cycling pedal movement, it energies your body almost like cardio
Start by sitting in a crunch position, bending the hips. The knee must be at 90 degrees, chins parallel to the floor and hands behind your head. Lift your shoulders off the ground and touch your elbows to the opposite knee. Now do the opposite side and alternate between them.
4. The Side Plank
You never know the true value of a minute until you are in a plank position. It’s one of the easiest and most effective exercises that helps your entire body. It recruits multiple tissues and tones up your core muscles.
To perform a side plank, lie on your side with legs and arms straight. Take support from the forearm touching the floor and bend your elbow to create a stable base. Keep your hips raised and body straight. Hold this position for at least 30 seconds.
Get that booty moving with this workout, it is typically associated with a lower-body workout. It gets your abdominal obliques and spine in proper form. It is also a significant addition to build your core strength and burn off some fat off the belly.
Start with a standing position and stretch your arms out. Separate your legs slightly wider than your hips. Engage your core as you bend your knees and go lower. Be sure to keep your knees in line with your hips, it should replicate the action of you sitting on a chair.
Good news! You can congratulate yourself for being hard and consistent with achieving your wellness goals. It's tricky to stay motivated in gloomy weather but you did it, anyway! And showed up for yourself. Now changes in both your kitchen and routine, you’ll be healthy in no time.