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health and fitness Updated: Jun 18, 2013 17:37 IST
Petrina D’Souza
Petrina D’Souza
Hindustan Times
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Are the rains making it inconvenient for you to visit the gym every day? Don’t let your exercise dry up only because it’s wet outside. Experts say that there are a few simple exercises that you can do at home with minimum or no equipment, at any time of the day.

Fitness guru Mickey Mehta and fitness expert at Gold’s Gym Althea Shah share some of those workouts to keep you fit in the monsoon.

Caution: A 10-minute warm-up session comprising stretching, neck and arm rotations and shoulder shrugs are a must before you begin.

*Begin by standing in front of a wall with feet together.
*Place your hands on the wall.
*Bend your elbows and try to get your chest as close to the wall as possible. Pause for a minute and then power it back up.
*Do this 10 times, rest for a moment and then repeat.
*You can do this flat out on the floor as well: on a mat, on your toes, military style. Try and get your chest as close to the mat as possible.

*Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, bend your knees and slowly squat towards the floor.
*Slowly come back up. Do this 10-15 times.
*Rest for a moment and then repeat. You can also hold dumb-bells in both hands to add intensity.

*Stand straight. Keep distance of one foot between your feet.
*Interlock the fingers, breathe in and stretch up on your toes with hands stretched above the head.
*Breathe normally and hold the pose for 30 seconds.
*Exhale and come back to start position.
*Do five rounds of this pose.

Side bends
*Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
*Then bend to the right side as much as possible.
*Stay there for a minute and then return to start position.
*Then bend to the left side.
*Do two sets of 15 reps each side.

Upper abdomen crunches
*Lie on your back and raise one leg mid-air.
*Support the back of your head with your hand and raise the head to the knee of the raised leg.
*Alternate the leg and repeat. Do this 10-15 times.

try these too:
Do house work: Clean your house slowly, one room at a time. All that bending and stretching will be enough exercise.
Dance: It is a great calorie burner.
Climb stairs: Just walk or run up and down the stairs in your building. Do 10 rounds of it to feel fit.
Jump Rope: Doing jumps using a skipping is good exercise.
Jumping Jacks: It is a great cardio workout. While watching a TV show, do a round of jumping jacks during the commercials.