Winter is said to be the best time to gear up, gain muscle and get a lean body, and one of the best ways to stay in shape during the cold months is to get out there and face some good exercise regimen.
Going for a run, getting outside will be refreshing and will provide a great change of pace from cooping yourself up inside all the time. Running out during the winter will make you active and it is a form of a great workout.
There are two things that you should do to build muscles: first, you need to do exercises. Second, you need to eat.
Maybe the best way to get back into the swing of things is a workout you can do without going anywhere, with minimal equipment or no equipment at all. One of the best tools for in-home exercise is bodyweight workouts.
So, here are the ways to stay in shape during the winter months, take a look.
Adapt To Early Morning Yoga:
Doing Yoga will manage the chronic joint pain during winter. Practising Yoga maintains joint mobility and increases circulation, while loosening stiffness within the joints. An essential part of easing pain during this time is to ensure that the body stays warm, as heat also helps the muscles to relax and, therefore, asana as a therapy is a soothing way of decreasing joint pain.
How to do it: Stand with feet hip-width and core tight. Raise your right knee up as you bring the left arm forward and hop off the left foot. Land on your left foot, then immediately bring right foot down and repeat on the other side.
How to do it: Lie flat on your back with your neck long and relaxed. Place one hand on your ribs and one on your lower abs. Inhale deeply through your nose, pushing the air into your abdominal and filling your ribcage. Exhale through the mouth and push the air out by contracting your abdominal muscles. Continue inhaling and exhaling in this way.
How to do it: Stand as tall as you can with your feet spread shoulder-width apart. Then, lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees. Pause, and then slowly push yourself back to the starting position.
How to do it: Start face down on the floor with hands out next to your chest, fingers pointed straight ahead and slightly wider than your shoulders. Tighten your abs as you raise yourself up onto your hands and on your feet. Keep your body straight; avoid hiking up hips or sagging in the middle. Bend your arms and lower your body to the floor, stopping when your elbows are at 90 degrees. Then, push back up to the start position. If too difficult, try doing push-ups with your knees on the floor.
How to do it: Stand in a split-stance with one leg forward and one leg back. Bend your knees and lower your hips into a lunge position, keeping the front knee and back knee at a 90-degree angle. Drop the back knee to the floor.
The writer is Vinod Channa, a celebrity fitness expert and has 22 years of experience in the fitness industry. He had trained a lot of celebrities, right from John Abraham to Shilpa Shetty. He is the one behind Anant Ambani's transformation.