Winter Workout at Home

We are in the full swing of winter when all we want to do is head home and stay there. So that means this is the perfect time for some at home workouts. Go out and buy a jump rope for some instant cardio or research a squats and abs challenge online that is so quick and easy to throw into your morning routine. It's important to just find anything that you will try at home and keep you moving. Another great idea is to use a workout DVD. When you rush home at the end of the day, put one of those on and it will help you feel energized and proud of yourself for working out. I'm a big fan of Jillian Michaels and recommend you check her out! They also have short online videos you can watch and for those with cable I'm pretty sure they have an entire fitness section On Demand. Whatever you decide, all that matters is you are staying active and trying something new.

October Fitness Challenge

Let's start out with the basics shall we, stretching. I know you are thinking, well that's easy. However you would be surprised by how many people don't stretch or can't stretch on a daily basis and I want to change that. There are different stretches you can practice but I have a few I like to do every morning.

Stretch your arms straight up to the ceiling then bend over and stretch towards the ground, that part isn't so easy right? Do that a couple times then open your legs and stretch down toward one leg then the other.

Next sit on the floor with one leg out and the other bent with your foot touching the straight leg's inner thigh (staff position in yoga). Stretch your upper body with your arms out trying to touch your feet. Please only reach as far as you can, don't strain or hurt yourself. Once you hold for eight count, switch to the other leg.

This next stretch is my favorite. Get into a lunge position and rest your hands on top of your thigh, looking straight ahead. Hold this for a count of eight then switch to the other leg. This is great for your hip flexors if you sit at a desk all day.

I also like to clasp my hands behind my back and stretch my arms out and up stretching out my back.

These stretches will help loosen up your muscles and wake you up for the busy day ahead. See if you and your family can try them every morning before work and school for the rest of the month.