What are some exercises I can do in my den in the winter?

Sadie Lincoln
Sadie Lincoln on behalf of barre3
There are plenty of ways to get a great workout right at home. At barre3 we have developed workouts that combine low-impact strengthening exercises with heart-healthy dynamic movement.  Many of our online or app workouts can be done anywhere with little to no props.  All you need is a steady waist-high surface such as a chair or kitchen counter for support while balancing.  You'd be amazed at how easy it is to get a full-body workout in the middle of your living room or kitchen. By strengthening the muscles, you can improve your posture and balance as well as improve your energy levels and move all day with more ease and grace.  Check out a few of our videos for some ideas on how to get started. http://www.sharecare.com/user/sadie-lincoln/videos

If it’s hard to get outside during the winter, working out inside is another option. The only factor that can hold you back in this situation is your imagination! If space is limited the best way to get the most out of your exercise selection is through choosing full body exercises. Two examples of full body exercises include the lunge to balance to curl and press, and the weighted side squat to overhead raise.  Each of these exercises work the larger muscle groups in your body and by working these you’ll expend more energy or burn more calories.


To perform the lunge to balance to curl and press, hold your weights by your side and step forward into your lunge. Come up to a balanced position balancing on one leg. Then curl your weight by your side, and follow it with an overhead press. Return the weight back down to your side, the way you came, and start the next lunge with your non-supporting leg.


To perform the weighted side squat to overhead raise, place your feet a little less than shoulder width apart, and hold the weight in front of you with your elbows slightly bent. Step to one side and slowly lower yourself into a squat, as if you’re about to sit in a chair. Once at the bottom, step back up, bringing the other foot closer to the foot you initially stepped with. As you’re coming up, raise the weight overhead. From this end position, lower the weight, and repeat the same movements going the other way.


Depending on your ability and goal. Each of these exercises can be performed for 2-4 sets with a range of 10-20 repetitions. Make sure you keep your core tight throughout the movements of each exercise.

You can do a circuit of push-ups, squats, lunges, planks, side planks, and bridges. Perform timed sets of each exercise (30 seconds) and quickly move on to the next, at the end rest for a minute and start again. Finish with stretches. This can all be done in a small area successfully.
You can start with your feet only and do cris-crosses, imaginary jump rope, cross country skiing, Turkish getup or jumping jacks and then a push up. On all of these remember think floating and not pounding, use your ankles and knees as springs.

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