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How to keep fit this winter

Winters are a tough time for even the most religious gym goers to gear themselves up and hit the machines. The major deterrent for all that laziness is the winter chill. But there are multiple exercise options one can choose from, to workout inside.

health and fitness Updated: Dec 04, 2010 02:38 IST

Winters are a tough time for even the most religious gym goers to gear themselves up and hit the machines. The major deterrent for all that laziness is the winter chill. But there are multiple exercise options one can choose from, to workout inside. So, beat the cold and burn some calories with ease even in winter. "Exercise for 45 minutes to an hour with moderate intensity for four to five days a week," says Althea Shah, fitness expert at Gold’s Gym India. Lower Body



Squats

Grab a chair and place it behind you. Standing in front of the chair with your feet hip/shoulder width apart, bend your knees and slowly squat towards the chair. Let your butt lightly touch the chair and slowly come back up. Do this 10-15 times. Rest for a moment then repeat. Follow this with leg raises, both sideways and front — two sets of 30 repetitions each.



Weight LossAbdomen

Upper abdomen crunches: Lie on your back, 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.



Mid abdomen crunches

Raise both legs and cross them at right angles to the body while you lie flat on the mat. Stretch both arms and touch your toes.



Lower abdomen crunches

Lie flat on the mat, looking up to the ceiling. Bend each leg, one at a time.



Upper Body

Push-up’s

With feet together and hands slightly inverted on the top of the kitchen top and with your arms a little more than shoulder width apart bend the elbows and try and get your chest as close to the counter top as possible then power it back up. Do this 10 times, rest for a moment then repeat.

Note: Don’t forget to stretch. You could even try Yoga. It calms the mind and helps burn calories.

Indoor gym routine
Don’t feel like going to the gym? Invest in some dumbbells and some fitness DVDs and get fit in your living room. With your gym at home, all you have to do is roll out of bed and press ‘play’.

Yoga
Escape the winter and find your inner zen with yoga. Not only is yoga meditative, you’ll build muscle holding those tough poses, so you’ll be more relaxed and toned after your winter-long practice.

Skipping
An intense workout, like jumping rope, burns calories in a short amount of time.

Dance
Salsa, swing or freestyle your way slim with dancing. It’s a fun way to work your glutes, abs and legs when you're stuck indoors.

Spinning
Cycling indoors will help you shed pounds and firm up your legs and rear. Keep the revolutions-per-minute high for an intense cardio workout.

Running
Don’t let the cold weather derail your running routine. If you’re averse to the outdoor chill, the treadmill or indoor track at your local gym is the way to go.

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