January 30, 2015

Five Favorite Indoor Workouts

It's time for the Friday five linkup with Mar, Courtney and Cynthia.  While generally I don't do alot of indoor workouts, there are a few fun things I like to do inside.

Yoga: It is no secret that yoga is a nice way to relax after a hectic day and it is also great for strength training.  This year I have made a goal to practice yoga at least once a week and so far so good.  If I can't get to a class this is my instructor and she is tough!


Bosu Ball:  I actually bought a Bosu ball several years ago even though they are available at the gym.  This ball works on your core stability, a big weakness for me.  It is located in a corner of our bedroom and because I see it everyday, there is a good chance I will use it everyday.  There are many different exercises to do with a Bosu, especially if you grab some free weights when using the ball. I found some exercises online here and here

Plank:  I love doing planks outside when the weather is nice.  However, they work anytime and practically anywhere.  Start with 15 seconds and work your way up to several reps of 1-2 minutes each time. And be careful with your pets...they will want to join in the fun!



Sit ups: I guess I am not really following the topic when I say sit ups are one of my favorite workouts. Race day will be so much better if my core is strong so sit ups are a necessary evil.  At least three times a week I can be found on my mat getting in a hundred sit ups!

Wall sits: My sister, the super speedy runner told me that wall sits were one of the things she did to make her legs stronger.  If they worked for her, they should work for me right?  I try to remember to do these several times per week and stay in the position for at least a minute each time.

What is your favorite indoor activity?  Do your pets help you exercise too? Be sure to check out the host links for more indoor activity ideas!

18 comments:

  1. I do planks every day. I used to do Wall Sits...I need to get back to that! And back to sit ups. And I really need to do some yoga!

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  2. The picture of you and your dog is too precious! It looks like she really wanted in on the workout action!

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  3. Love the dog picture! Hilarious! Yes, Walter is a big fan of my foam roller. Just not for it's designated purpose! He love to chew on it! And if I get down on the floor on my yoga mat, forget it. He reads that as the "time to play" cue:).

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  4. I want a boss ball. I use one in PT and it is so diverse.

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  5. I cannot do any type of yoga or pilates in my house because the dog literally sits on me and tries to cuddle. It's adorable and annoying :-)

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    1. I have this problem, too! My dog gets up in my face immediately. haha ;)

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  6. My favorite indoor activity is either spinning or my new obsession Orangetheory. I really would love a bosu ball at home too!

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  7. I don't like yoga but I do like Jillian Michael's. I have a few of her other videos. Will have to try her yoga out. Your dog reminds me of my sister's. Every time she rolls her mat out Baylee will not let her do her exercies. -L

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  8. That Yoga Meltdown video is no joke! I do that one too when i can't make it to my usual yoga class.

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  9. I've been trying to integrate a plank in plankaday style, but not quite remembering every day yet.

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  10. I've been trying to integrate a plank in plankaday style, but not quite remembering every day yet.

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  11. I love yoga! It totally grounds me since I'm all over the place. :) I try to do planks a few times per week and squats on the bosu when I think about it. I only have access at my gym, but I'm putting one on my birthday list.

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  12. Wall sits are SO underrated! I love them and do them all the time at home and at work. Planks too. I love how portable both of those exercises are.

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  13. I love the bosu ball too! Along with core stability I do squats on it. Have a good weekend.

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  14. I love planks also, and there is so many ways to add variety. Definitely has helped tone my core.

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  15. I've been contemplating purchasing a bosu ball for the home. One of my favorite exercises is to do squats on the base of the ball (flipped upside down). Have a good weekend

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