At-Home Exercises to Fight the Holiday Bulge

Winter is coming. For many, this means mugs of hot chocolate, nights by the fire, and holiday traditions. Unfortunately, it also means an increase in calories and a decrease in exercise. It’s hard to get in a jog around the block, when the wind chill makes your skin burn or the temperature keeps your teeth chattering. Fortunately, there are some very simple ways to get in your cardio from the comfort of your own home.

Yoga. You don’t have to attend a fancy gym to enjoy a good yoga workout. You don’t really even need a mat. All you really need is a little space and some instruction. Find some routines on YouTube, clear out some space in your bedroom, and get busy. Yoga will help you clear your mind, stretch your muscles, and challenge your body to improve upon itself. This workout, using only your own body, can tone and lengthen the spine and muscles, just in time to fight the holiday bulge.

Kettlebells. If you haven’t heard of kettlebells yet, then you are definitely behind. Kettlebells can be described as…well…cannonballs with handles. They are round weights with a handle on top, intended for multiple uses. The idea is to use these in a lifting/swinging/cardio fashion. They really challenge the body and will tone you up fairly quickly. You can find some great routines and instruction on the internet, and all you need is the actual kettlebells themselves, and some space to workout. Don’t be fooled by the videos, though: these things are tough!

Cardio. Yep, you can still do cardio inside your home. Jumping jacks, star jumps, scissor jumps, and jumping rope are all ways that you can get your blood pumping and muscles burning in the comfort of your own home. For a real challenge, set up circuits with multiple types of cardio, and you will be feeling the burn in no time.

Bodyweights. Using your own body weight is great for toning. It won’t get you ripped or increase your muscle size, but if you’re only trying to tighten what’s already there, it’s a great way to get started. Squats, push-ups, crunches…all of these can be done inside and will improve the tone and strength of your body.

The winter doesn’t have to mean adding any additional weight because of the goodies and cold weather. Instead, enjoy the holiday food while staying in shape through these simple at-home exercises.


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