Of course you’ll be munching during the Superbowl game, so try exercising during commercials and work off the pounds while you’re putting them on…
Here are 5 simple exercises you can do anywhere, but don’t stand in front of the tv:
1. Tricep Dips- Sit on the edge of a chair or bench with your hands next to your thighs. Lift your body out just in front of the chair, with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent. Lower yourself down so your elbows bend no more than 90 degrees and push yourself back up. Don’t do this exercise if you have shoulder or wrist problems.
2. Pushups- Not your standard pushup positions…
- • You can do pushups with your hands wider than shoulder width to get more of a shoulder and chest workout.
- • If you bring your hands together into a diamond shape near the center of your chest you will work more of the triceps and shoulders.
- • Working half pushups – either go only half way down and then back up, or start from the floor and only push up half way and then go back down – thiswill intensify your pushup workout.
3. Crunches- Crunches are great for your abs, but watch out because they can put a lot of stress on your neck and back if you do them wrong.
- • The biggest risk is if you jerk your neck to give you the force to crunch. While doing crunches, keep your hands behind your head and your elbows back while using your stomach muscles to lift your head and chin towards the ceiling.
- • Once you’ve mastered this technique, try lifting your legs off the ground or assuming a bicycle position with one leg bent and the other straight off of the ground.
4. Squats- Body weight squats are a great exercise, start off your squat workouts by lowering yourself only a foot or so. Then work up to deeper squats as your muscles become accustomed to the exercise.
5. Calf Raises- Calf raises can be done wherever there is a raised surface, a stairway is good. If you need balance, hold onto the railing. Face the stairs, stand with only your toes on a stair and your feet extending out past it. Standing straight up, lower your body down below the level of the stair and then back up onto your toes. This is a calf muscle exercise but it will work out your ankles and the rest of your leg, too. You’re starting from an extreme negative position with ankle below toes to an extreme positive position, ankle fully raised.
With these five exercises, you have a full body workout. Remember take it easy at first. Soreness is a good thing, but pain means you need to stop. Try these exercises out today and see how many you can do by Superbowl Sunday…