10 minute at-home exercises for winter
Healthy looking skin is a reflection of a healthy mind and body. The winter months can be testing time for our complexions, but if we keep our skin moisturised, drink plenty of water and stimulate the skin by increasing blood flow through regular exercise, we can minimise the harmful effects of the dry, winter months.
It’s difficult to motivate ourselves to go to the gym or to go outdoors for a run when it’s cold and dark. With the sofa, a blanket, a cup of hot chocolate and the television almost beckoning, not many of us would choose to brave the winter chill.
Well, you don’t have to… Here is a simple 10-minute at-home workout that you can do anytime at home throughout winter, and improve your health and fitness levels without stepping out.
On the floor (ideally on a padded mat), lie on your back and bend your knees, with your feet flat on the floor. Get comfortable by straightening your back against the floor and adjusting your breathing. Then begin raising your left leg up off the floor, bent in a 90-degree angle, and hold it as close to your abdominals as possible for 15 seconds. Then stretch out your left leg for 5 seconds, before bringing your left leg back down to the floor, and repeat with your right leg, again holding in place in the air for 15 seconds before stretching it out mid-air and bringing in back to resting position. Repeat 4 more times for both legs.
Continue from previous exercise. From your resting position (back flat against floor and legs bent with feet touching floor), stretch out and clench your abs, then use your legs to push your lower back and body off the ground as high as possible. Hold this position for 15 seconds, then rest back on the ground. Repeat 4 more times.
Stand straight, with your feet shoulder-width apart and your hands stretched out in front of you for balance. Then slowly lower yourself by bending your needs until are at a right angle. Your thighs should be parallel to the floor, and your back straight. Hold this position for 10 seconds then stand back up slowly. Repeat 9 more times.
After squats, stand up straight, with feet against a shoulder-width apart. Then take a big step forward with your right leg. As you move forward, slowly drop to the floor, with your left leg bending down towards the floor, and your right knee at a 90-degrees angle to the floor. Keep your back up straight and hold this position for 10 seconds. Afterwards, push yourself upwards with your right foot. Now repeat this exercise again, but step forward with your left leg, keeping the left knee at a 90-degree angle to the floor. Repeat 4 more times.
Whatever the time of year; winter, spring or summer, these exercises will help tone your muscles, reduce stress and keep you feeling fit; and all from the comfort of your home. No more excuses.
At Abibu, we believe in looking after health of your skin both externally and internally and exercising regularly is one of the ingredients towards that end.