NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The next time you’re stuck at home because of a snow storm, you don’t have to miss out on your usual gym workout. Here’s how to get a full body sweat session from the comfort of your own home.
Dress Like You’re Going to the Gym
“The number one thing I would say is that you still want to dress as if you’re going to go to the gym, because that is really going to keep you in that mindset of wanting to work out and moving your body even though you might be stuck at home,” said Shana Schneider, a fitness expert and founder of FitStyle By Shana.
Climb the Stairs
Schneider says when it comes to working out inside your home, think outside the box.
“So even if you don’t actually have equipment exactly like the gym, there are lots of things in your house that you can use to get a workout, like the stairs,” Schneider explained.
Warm up by walking up and down the stairs.
“And then instead of doing just singles you can do two steps at a time and you’re going to squeeze those glutes, your buns, because you’re going to work on those,” Schneider explained.
Or head to the kitchen and use your countertop to do push-ups.
“You can really control the intensity based on where you put your feet in relation to the counter, so the further away your feet are, the more intense that exercise is going to be for you,” Schneider explained.
Use a Waterbottle as a Hand Weight
No hand weights? No problem! Grab a water bottle instead.
“As long as it’s filled up,” Schneider said. “And the bigger the water bottle, the heavier the weight.”
Do Squats Holding a Laundry Detergent Bottle
Put that laundry detergent to work by holding it while doing squats. It can also serve as a makeshift kettlebell.
Create a Makeshift Bosu Ball Using a Pillow
“One thing that I really like that’s outside the box is actually a throw pillow,” Schneider said. “You literally put it on the floor and you stand on it on one foot. You’d be surprised how much it really forces you to balance.”
Exercise While Watching TV
And you don’t have to miss out on TV time while getting in a workout.
“I like to focus on actually getting in my steps, so you can just march, step in place,” Schneider said.
If your fitness tracker doesn’t count those steps when you march in place, walk around the coffee table.
For one more workout you can do from the couch, watch the video below. For more fitness tips, visit FitStyleByShana.com.