It may sound dramatic, especially from a former "Winterpegger," but I hate winter! I hate layering socks and wearing long underwear. I take no joy in spending more money on winter boots than any of the shoes that I'm not embarrassed to be seen wearing. I loathe trying to stuff the arms of my chunkiest sweater into a jacket that isn't flattering, and walking around feeling like an overstuffed marshmallow. I could go on, but I feel like you get the point. Suffice it to say, when winter comes I try to minimize suffering by simply not going out unnecessarily.
As a certified fitness junkie, the hardest part of staying in is finding exercise routines I can do at home that are both difficult and diverse. So, I spend much of the winter (from my couch, with woolly socks and a glass of Baileys on the rocks, obviously) coming up with a variety of condo-compatible workouts that will make me sweat and keep me engaged. I may not be able to cook an award winning meal, but I recently thought up the perfect way to cook up a really good sweat in the kitchen! From the countertop, to the dishrags and even the cans in the cupboard, turns out the kitchen is stocked with extremely useful exercise equipment!
In the gym you have a bench, in the kitchen you have the counter. Just a bit of countertop space goes a long way, and there are many awesome upper body exercises to choose from.
The first counter move is a push-up.
Do eight super-slow pushups and repeat three times.
Another exercise that will carry on our perpetual mission for Madonna arms is the tricep dip. You're likely familiar with this exercise in a gym setting and the kitchen is no different.
Another useful piece of equipment in the kitchen is the dishtowel. I know it may not be the most glamorous accessory, but it's certainly effective. The towel acts like a gliding disc on hardwood, helping to increase the demands on the core and intensifying a multitude of exercises from lunges to planks.
First let's talk legs!
Can't ignore the core! The towel works in a similar way to intensify planks.
Like I said, the kitchen is loaded with exercise equipment, you just need to get crafty. To add a little bit of strength training into the mix, look no further than the kitchen cupboards.
Reach in and grab a big soup pot and lid, fill it with water and, tadah, you have the perfect weight to add to your squats. Naturally, the more water you fill, the heavier it will be, so go to a level that is challenging but not straining.
A few arm exercises require a slightly smaller weight and have no fear, you'll find that here too. Do you have a collection of cans in your pantry? (If you don't, you may need the link to my coveted grocery delivery service.)
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