Inclement weather makes staying active tough. Cold, rain, snow, sleet; it all puts a wet blanket on the prospect of, well, everything. While condo residents and the occasional office employee can catch a break by using on-site gyms, most of us have to deal with the outdoors in some way to get exercise. Be it cycling, running, or even walking to the gym, a crappy day can get in the way of a good sweat. So, to help you stay active when the weather sucks, the team at Bentall Kennedy Residential Services has created this list of tips.
Take the Stairs
Whether it's the office or home, 4 floors or 24, taking the stairs might be the easiest way to get a bit of exercise when it sucks outside. And as most of us know, it doesn't take more than one or two flights to start huffing and puffing. If you don't have stairs, or live on the main floor, try using your sofa, a bench, or a riser/stepper to add some elevation to your day.
A staple since the year 1 A.D., push ups are perhaps the simplest and most complete physical exercise. Using only body weight and a bit of will, push ups activate 4 major muscle groups and add cardio, with some sources claiming there to are 82 different variations. Add some sit ups to the mix and you get a full body workout with little more than your body and a square of carpet.
An extension of our opening stairs point, the squat is a killer anytime exercise. Like the push up, squats work multiple muscle groups (thighs, glutes, hamstrings, and lower back muscles, while engaging core muscles for balance) and require a minimal amount of space to do. You can also do them in your office or the shower if you're pressed for time or don't have anywhere private to bang them out.
By combining repetitions of 20 seconds of intense exercise with 10 seconds of rest into sets of 4 minutes, Tabata kick starts the heart rate and cranks up the metabolism with a minimal time and gear. Do it quick. Do it anywhere. Or, almost.
While often thought of as a calming practice, doing yoga is working out. Maintaining flexibility is essential for joint health and muscle performance, especially in advancing years. Best of all, you can do it inside, regardless of weather, with minimal space.
The Bentall Kennedy Residential Services blog team hopes this list gives you some ideas for how to stay active regardless of the weather. For more information about Bentall Kennedy properties in your city, please visit our website.