5 At-Home Exercises to Shake the Winter Blues
The weather is cold and our moods are low. These months always bring the winter blues, so now is time to try and shake the cobwebs and lift that low-energy feeling and straighten that slumped body. Although many tend to hibernate in winter if you would prefer to keep a positive outlook, it is worth investing your time in some exercise that you can do in the home, so you don’t even need to indulge the cold with a visit outside!
Try these exercises at home to shake the cobwebs and keep away those winter blues.
Abs to Planks
A quick five-minute exercise that sets the body on fire is to do 30 abdominal crunches followed by 60 seconds of plank, with no more than a 20 second rest in between each repetition. For the abdominal crunches, lay on your back with your knees bent. Place your hands under your head with your thumbs reaching down your neck. Keep your elbows as wide as possible. Breathe in, then breathe out and lift your face and chest directly upward, not toward your knees. Breathe out as you return to the groun. For the plank, place both arms straight under your shoulders. Do not lock your arms; keep a soft bend to strengthen the arm muscles. Stretch your legs out straight behind you, hip-width apart. Do not collapse in the back, but draw the navel up and in, and lift from the middle of the back. Try using Deer Antler Maximum Strength to build strength here.
Lay on your stomach and stretch your arms and legs out in front of you. Tighten your stomach and bring your hands feet off the ground, so you are balancing on your stomach. Hold this position for 60 seconds. Take a 20 second rest and then return to the position, but mimic the action of swimming breast stroke, trying to keep yourself balanced on your stomach for 60 seconds. Take a break and repeat.
Start in a ballet squat position, with your legs as wide as they can go, seated back as low down as you can go. Hold this position for 20 seconds. Now jump upwards, bring your legs together and land in a squat with your knees touching each other. Hold this for a further 20 seconds. Jump again back to the ballet squat and repeat 10 times. This will strengthen your calves, thighs, and glutes.
This move is great for getting rid of anxiety and stretching the hamstrings while toning the thighs and glutes. Stand with your arms stretched above your head, with your fingers kissing each other. Stand with your legs hip-width apart, Bend your knees and in the same motion, swing your arms to the left side of your foot and touch the floor. In then next swift motion, stand back up, stretching your arms high and balancing on your toes. Bend back down to the right side, touching the floor, and repeat.
This is a yoga pose, which helps to strengthen the whole core while also batting away depression. First, stand with your left leg out in front and your right leg sent backward. Bend the front leg while keeping the back straight. Face forward, and then as though holding a beachball, swoop your hands down your sides and then up over your head. Try to point the thumbs backward, opening the chest and stretching the whole body. Hold for 30 seconds. Switch sides and then repeat.
Keeping your body moving helps to keep the winter blues away!