Summer has innumerable pleasures. Basking in the sun, grilling the finest foods, swimming laps at a pool party; the warm weather just begs for us to go and outside and play. It is particularly inviting to those who love to work outside as well; just ask any runner how relaxing and challenging it is to get a good run in on the beach. But as the beautiful weather fades, fitness enthusiasts start to lose their enthusiasm for working out. It’s cold, it’s miserable, and it is much easier to snuggle under the blankets with chips than to layer up and fight the cold.
But just because the weather isn’t cooperating with your workout routine, that doesn’t mean you can’t improvise. If you don’t belong to a gym, you can take the workout indoors. And no, you definitely aren’t confined to cheesy workout videos that give you flashbacks to Olivia Newton John’s. In fact, you can get a solid workout in the most unlikely of places, thanks to some great tips from Shay Kostabi, a bi-coastal fitness professional and personality and the creator of Shaykitup Fitness Motivation. As a Premier Master Trainer, Creative Director for ReXist360, and Flybarre Instructor in Los Angeles and New York, Shay knows a thing or two about squeezing a workout in wherever her clients are, so there are no excuses for slacking.
While you’re drying dishes, for example, take a moment and use the towel to help you stretch out your muscles. Have a minute while your dinner is cooking? Turn up the heat on your workout with Shay’s kitchen sink booty shaper workout that will make your buns look like they are made of steel. These are just a few of the workouts you can get while you’re hanging out in the kitchen. Do a few of these a day and you will be able to officially tell your friends you lost weight just by spending time in the kitchen!
Apple Balance Squat
Grab an apple, or even a plastic cup or plate and place it on the top of your head. Stack feet directly under hips, core engaged and lower hips down and back toward the floor into a squat position. Aim for 10 reps and try not to let the object balancing on your head fall off. If it does, start from one again until you complete 10 perfect reps.
Rolling Pin Abs
Grab your rolling pin, one end in each hand and come down to the floor in a plank position on your knees. Draw navel in and firmly engage arms and core. Roll the pin out as far as possible while maintaining control, then engage abs to roll the pin back to starting position. Try 10 reps.