Indoor exercises for winter

With the winter season in full swing, are you feeling too cold or lazy to head to the gym and workout on the treadmill? Here are some simple home exercises that will not only help you beat the winter blues but also keep your waistline in check.


Chair squats: Chairs at home can make up for gym equipments and can also help keep your knee joints healthy in this season. Stand behind a sturdy chair. Hold onto its back with your legs spread little wider. With your arms straight ahead, squat just like you would if you had to sit on it. Practise this for 15 minutes.

Side bends: Stand straight with your feet and shoulder wide apart. With your chin parallel to the floor, place your hands behind your head and elbows pointing out. Turn your head to the right, looking over the right shoulder. Gradually, bend your waist on the same side, keeping your arms in place. Repeat the exercise on the left side too.

Push-Ups: Who said you could only do push ups at the gym? Kneel on a flat surface at home. Place your palms on the ground, keeping them in line with your shoulders. Bend your elbows, bringing your chest to about an inch from the floor. Push yourself back and repeat this routine. Concentrate on your breathing while doing push-ups. Inhale on the way down and exhale when you push back. If you are a beginner, try out push-ups against a wall at home that will help you strengthen your chest and arms.

Torso twist:
 Lie on your back. Keep your feet off the floor with knees bent at a 90-degree angle from the ground. Place your hands behind your head, with your elbows touching the floor. Bend from the waist with your right elbow moving towards your left knee, and straighten your right leg at the same time. Hold for a second, and then return to the starting position. Repeat the set with your other hand and leg.