Exercise At Home

If you are unable to make it into the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, here are some great exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home to keep fit and healthy



How to do it: Spread your hands at your hips holding each end of the rope in either hand. Step over the rope so that it is freely touching the back of your feet. Use your hands and wrists to swing the rope over your head.  When the rope is coming toward the front of your feet, hop over it. Stand on your tiptoes, and push off with the balls of your feet. Set a pace that works for you.

Why: Jump rope is great for burning calories, increasing cardiovascular health and improving hand-eye coordination.



How to do it: Find a song that moves you and enjoy free dancing around the living room. You can also lookup exercise dances such as Zumba online or learn a new dance such as the Salsa.

Why: Dancing is a fantastic way to burn calories, increase cardiovascular health, increase flexibility and strength as well as a fun family activity.



How to do it: Lie flat on your back with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Place your hands on either side of your head. Push your lower back into the floor as you lift your shoulders a few inches off the floor – make sure your lower back stays in contact with the ground at all times. Tense your abs hard at the top point of the movement, then return under control to the start position.

Why: The first port of call for any abs workout this is a must-do. By lifting your legs you place extra weight on the stomach muscles and reduce the momentum that could make this easier.



How to do it: Stand facing away from a bench, grab it with both hands at shoulder-width. Extend your legs out in front of you. Slowly lower your body by flexing at the elbows until your arm creates a 90-degree angle. Using your triceps lift yourself back to the starting position.

Why: This is easy to do on a chair, stair or coffee table. It works the arms, chest and shoulders and is great if you want people to notice that you’ve started working out as it builds triceps effectively.



How to do it: There are many different styles of yoga, each with its own benefit and demand on the body. It would be best for you to look up videos on how to practice yoga at home, that matches your skill level.

Why: Yoga has been known to help de-stress both the body & mind, increase flexibility, increase muscle tone and strength. Find the yoga style that will serve your needs. This is also a great family activity.



How to do it: Get down into a press-up position with your hands placed shoulder-width apart and back flat, so a straight line forms from your head to heels, via your glutes. Lower your body until your chest is an inch from the ground then explosively drive up by fully extending your arms. That’s one rep.

Why: This move uses multiple muscle groups for maximum growth and strengthens your shoulder joints. Easily done as an exercise at home.