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An Exercise and Fitness Routine for those Blah Days

by Renee Kennedy and Terry Kent

Summer is right around the corner, but there's 2 feet of snow in my driveway! If you like to exercise outside, or you drive to the gym, how are you going to exercise when the weather is lousy? Plan a simple, but effective exercise routine that you can do right in your living room. (By the way, shoveling snow is an excellent aerobic workout - just be careful and take it slow.)

WARNING: Before you start any exercise routine, consult your health care professional. Start this routine slowly, if you can't do 10 repetitions of a certain exercise, then try five.

Materials needed: two weights, three lbs each or two soup cans

Exercise Routine:

Day One:
Stretching - 10 minutes
Upper Body Work Out - 10 minutes
Ab Work Out - 10 minutes
Cool down - 5 minutes

Day Two:
Stretching - 10 minutes
Aerobic Work Out - 20 minutes
Cool down - 5 minutes

Alternate these two days every other day at least five days a week.

Stretching exercises:

Ab Work Out:
2 repetitions of 10 each
1 -
2 -
3 -

Upper Body Work Out:
2 repetitions of 10 each
2 repetitions of 10 each

Aerobic Work Outs (Choose a different one each day or make up your own!):
1 - Jump rope - jumping rope is actually kind of fun!
2 - Jog in place - boring but effective!
3 - Walk up and down stairs for a few minutes - great lower body workout! (Just be sure that you have a railing to hold onto.)
4 - Pretend you're a boxer and move from one foot to the other around while jabbing the air.
5 - Turn on some loud music and dance around.
6 - Geared towards the housewife in all of us, put the vacuum on its lowest setting and push that baby around for awhile, alternating hands that you use to push it.

The point is - get yourself breathing deeply and sweating a little.

Cool Down:
Choose a few more stretches for a complete cool down.

It's more about how much effort you put into each exercise rather than how many exercises you do. In other words, make each exercise work for you.

Again, see your doctor before planning any exercise routine.

General Disclaimer

This section of the NutriCounter site is designed for educational purposes only. The information provided through this site should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.

Renee Kennedy is the editor of the free monthly ezine - NutriCounter Update. Visit the NutriCounter Health News section for an extensive selection of articles on health, nutrition and exercise.

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