- Doing laundry? Take the tie from your robe and use it as a resistance band. This is great for stretching your legs. Use it while lying on your back to stretch your hamstrings, IT band, or calves by simply extending one leg into the air and hooking the strap around the sole of your foot. This is also a unique weapon for ab work. Try stomach exercises where your legs are suspended out in front of you and your back is off the ground. You can loop the belt around one or both of your legs for more support and to take the strain out of your neck.
- Do you have an infant or small child living in your house? Does he/she feel left out as you are tidying up for spring? Incorporate him/her as a weight! Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and hold the child with your arms extended in front of you. Now, squat. Or, if your child is older and heavier, slightly bend your knees and just pick him/her up in the air a few times. The weight of your child can help tone your arms, abs, butt and thighs. If you are looking for a real challenge, he/she can even add intensity when doing lunges. This is great for toning and athletic training! By incorporating your child in your daily exercise, it teaches him/her the importance of fitness for kids while giving you an opportunity to play – and bond – together.
- If you don’t have a small child, bottles of laundry detergent make great weights too!
- Your broom or mop can also be used in your cardio workout. Place the handle on the floor so it is in front of you longways and jump over it from side to side. Practice jumping over it as fast as you can for as many times as you can.
- Do you have wood or tiled floors? Grabs two paper plates or hand towels and place them under your feet while you are in a push-up or downward dog position. Then, alternate sliding your feet up to your hands while remaining in your inverted position. This is great for core, hamstrings and butt toning and sculpting – and you’ll clean your floors!
So, look around your house and use your imagination to create an intensive, athletic training workout that will be great for bone and joint health while having fun! Visit www.FitnessForHealth.org to learn how Fitness for Health can help you create a fun, exercise program to reach your and your child’s personal goals while focusing on weight management. Whether your child wants athletic training or if a parent needs fitness for seniors, we can create a customized exercise program to fit your family’s unique needs.]]>