indoor-workoutThe weather may be a little chilly and damp, but don’t let it dampen your spirits or hold you back from staying in shape. Not everyone is keen on jogging through the misty dawn or the damp dusk, nor is anyone looking forward to going to the gym and bench-pressing the dismal weather away. But staying indoors and missing out on your workout routine also means you will be making very frequent trips to the refrigerator and becoming a couch potato. Not much harm in doing that once in a while, of course, but it also means keeping fit and staying in shape has never been of greater importance! Always here to bring solutions to your dilemmas, we have compiled a list of some of the top workouts that can be performed indoors, which will give you your very much needed cardio and help tone your shape as well.

Jumping Jacks: There’s no better way to warm you up and get your blood and oxygen running than Jumping Jacks. Simply start by keeping your feet together and hands placed at each side. Jump in the air, while spreading your arms and legs simultaneously, and then bring them back to the starting position. Repeat.

Treadmilling (and, no, I don’t mean the hangover kind): And you thought buying that treadmill was a mistake! If you don’t have one, simply jog in place. Jogging in place is said to be great for the heart and lungs, and also very instrumental in shedding few calories.

Air-cycling: Just because you can’t ride your bike outside doesn’t mean you shouldn’t cycle at all! Just lie down flat on the floor, raise your legs to the air and pedal away.

Push ups: Push ups work your chest, triceps and shoulders. Lie prone on the ground with hands placed as wide as, or slightly wider, than shoulder width. Keeping the body straight, lower body to the ground by bending arms at the elbows. Raise body up off the ground by extending the arms. Repeat.

Squats: If you want to tone your butt and legs, you want to squat. Start in a standing position with feet shoulder-width apart and squat down until you are just over the knees. Repeat.

Lunges: Lunges help strengthen and tone the upper thigh. With feet together, lunge one leg forward into a big step. Step back and lunge other leg forward and step back. Repeat.

Crunches: Not everyone is fond of crunches but its undeniable how great they are for the upper abdominals. They’re similar to regular sit-ups, but instead of coming up to a sitting position, just lift to raise your chest off the floor.dancing-at-home

Shoulder touch: Don’t forget about your arms. You can help keep your arms toned by holding them out to the side and repeatedly bending your arms at the elbow to touch your shoulders. Repeat 20-25 times.

Leg lifts: Leg lifts tone your quads. Lying on your back with arms to your side, and legs stretched out in front, lift both legs off the floor. Raise them several inches and hold the position 5-10 seconds.

Dancing: Last, but not the least, and definitely my favourite, is dancing. 20-30 minutes of dancing can effectively burn calories and lift your spirits up. So crank up a sick beat and dance away to a fitter you!

So, there you go! The next time you’re cooped up indoors, try all of the above! No more excuses, no more slack!