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5 exercises for low-on-energy days

Simple cardiovascular exercises that can help you feel better and get you going.

brunch Updated: Jun 09, 2019 14:44 IST
Kamal Singh
Kamal Singh
Hindustan Times
Running or brisk walking on the treadmill can give you an endorphin high
Running or brisk walking on the treadmill can give you an endorphin high (Shutterstock)

That exercise is a mood-lifter is a well-known fact. Here are five moves to give you an endorphin high on days that feel especially slow...

Backstroke swimming: Swimming is a good exercise anyway, but backstroke is preferable as it forces the swimmer to slow down. It’s almost as good as floating on water.

Running/brisk walking: If you prefer running on the treadmill, keep the incline at one per cent. Run at a slow pace, keeping the speed between eight to 10km/hr. Alternatively, you can go for a brisk walk and keep your speed at 6.4km/hr.

Indoor cycling: Indoor cycling is yet another great way to work out your stress. Keep the intensity low but keep your peddling rate high for the right balance.

Cross-training with the right technique: Cross-training combats burnout woes, but most people mess up the technique of the cross-trainer by not keeping their heel down. Use your entire foot to push the pedal to do it right.

Rowing in the gym: Learn easy rowing on an indoor rower from a gym trainer, and practising it four to six times a week for 30-45 minutes will help reduce stress. Alternatively, walking up and down the stairs in a high-rise building will ease the mind.

Kamal Singh is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who has been coaching for 15 years

From HT Brunch, June 9, 2019

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First Published: Jun 08, 2019 21:15 IST

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