First, the bad news: winter is coming. For lots of us that means eating more, exercising less, and getting a little softer around the middle.
Now the good news: you don’t have to brave the wintry weather to hit the gym or, worse, the outdoors to keep the extra weight at bay. There are lots of easy workout routines you can do at home to help stave off winter weight gain – and you don’t even have to make extra time to do them.
5 easy workout routines to do at home
1.While you’re cooking dinner
As you’re chopping veggies for that yummy stew, do some calf raises. Keep your feet together, then stretch onto your tippy toes as if you need to reach something from a high cupboard. Lower slowly, all the while using the balls of your feet. Do three sets of 15.
2.While you’re waiting for the chicken to roast
Counter-top push ups are a great way to tone your arms while you’re waiting for the beautiful chime of the oven timer. Stand about a meter from your counter and place your hands shoulder-width apart on the edge of it, so you’re in a plank-like position. Lower your chest towards the counter while keeping your elbows in, then straighten up again into your starting position. Aim to do three sets of 10, increasing as your fitness and strength improves.
3.While you’re watching series
Exercise is a breeze when you have a good distraction – like your favourite TV show. Instead of sitting on the couch inhaling bags of biscuits and chips without even realising it, get moving instead. You’ll barely notice the burn when you’re absorbed in a riveting storyline.
This is the ideal opportunity to do a set of calorie-busting moves like push ups, sit ups, lunges and squats. Aim to do 10 to 15 of each, for three sets. Burpees, jumping jacks and mountain climbers are other excellent binge-watching moves for burning calories and building muscle.
4.While you’re doing the dishes
Okay firstly, you know the rule, right? If you cook, your partner does the dishes! So if you’re cleaning up, we hope it’s because you were treated to a delicious dinner! There are two great exercises to target your butt and abs while you’re in a standing position.
For your glutes: clench your butt muscles together and hold for five to 10 seconds. Do three sets of 15.
For your abs: Stand with a straight back and slowly suck your belly button in towards your spine. Hold for five seconds. Don’t hold your breath! For this exercise to work efficiently, it’s important you breathe normally. Like for your glutes, complete three sets of 15.
5.When you’re in bed
Sexercise! Winter isn’t called ‘baby-making weather’ for nothing. Sex is the most fun of all workouts, plus one of the most effective at burning calories. And don’t let the cold weather put you off – after a minute or two of sexy time, you’ll have forgotten all about the chilly temperatures!
Get contraceptive advice and more at Marie Stopes
Just because it’s called ‘baby-making weather’ doesn’t mean you actually have to have a baby. If being a parent isn’t part of your plan right now, make sure your contraceptive method is up to the job.
Visit your nearest Marie Stopes centre for contraceptive advice, and let us help you find the right birth control to match your needs and your lifestyle.