Health & Fitness
Beat the Heat with these Indoor Exercises
Sometimes there is nothing nicer than getting some fresh air to clear away the cobwebs and stretch out those limbs. But with the temperatures this summer being off the chart, the thought of going outside to exercise can make you feel all hot and bothered before you even step out of the front door.
This doesn't mean you should just laze around indoors all summer long. You can go out for nice leisurely walks in the park and on the beach, or do some of these brilliant indoor exercises to keep fit and healthy...
Tone up your legs, bum and stomach, and strengthen your arms and shoulders with the simple dumbbell lunge. It doesn't require much space, so can be easily done indoors, and if you don't have any dumbbells, bottles of water can work just as well.
- Holding your weights at your sides, stand with your torso upright and straight.
- Take a large step forward with your right leg and lower your upper body, while keeping it upright by bending the knee – the knee of the back leg should be around 2 inches from the floor. Inhale as you go down.
- Using mainly the heel of your lead leg, push yourself up to a standing position.
- Complete 10 repetitions on each leg, for three sets.
For something more strenuous, why not try the great cardiac exercise that will take you back to your childhood...jumping rope. If it is good enough for boxers to boost their fitness and coordination, then it must be a decent exercise. It make take a little bit of practice at first, but once you have the hang of it, you are sure to start enjoying it. Jump for one minute bursts, resting for about 30 seconds in-between, for five rounds.
Yes, we know the plank is not everyone's favorite exercise -- it is super hard -- but it is great for toning up the stomach, and is way better than sit-ups for helping to develop a six-pack as sit-ups don't quite work the right muscles.
- Get into the push up position, holding the stomach in and the arms and legs extended.
- Hold the position for 30 seconds, and then break for one minute.
- Complete five repetitions.
- Extend the time the plank is held for 5 seconds each day. The more advanced may want to balance their legs on an exercise ball in the plank position.
It's time to have some fun. You love dancing with your friends on a night out, so why not pop on the radio, or your favorite play list and dance around the house like no one is watching. It's not only good for the heart, but it is good for the head too – it is sure to lift your mood, giving you a real spring in your step for the rest of the day.