Words By Lindsey Powell

It’s difficult to stay motivated and go to the gym during the wintertime. The freezing temps and cloudy days do a good job of bringing on those winter blues.

But don’t worry… You’re in luck! You can liter- ally exercise anywhere!

Keep focused on those goals because you’re going to need to burn off the extra calories from all those holiday parties.

So what can you do?

Yoga is always a great place to start. Create a nice space by temporarily rearranging your fur- niture around. (Side note: you can burn up to a couple hundred calories moving furniture)

Start slow with sun salutations and progress further when you’re ready.

Living Room Sun Salutations

Standing, reach for the sky Fold forward
Half lift
Fold forward
Lower to mat Cobra
Down dog Repeat

Living Room Strength Exercises

Body weight exercises do more than you think. Start with a squat, push-up and sit up challenge!

See how many you can do at one time then make a goal to reach a higher goal at the end of one month.

Spice it up!

Grab your baby or maybe your pet dog or cat and use them for extra weight while you’re doing your squats. Added weight will help build strength and burn fat.

Houshold Items You Can Use Instead of Dumbells:

Any canned goods
Bag of pet food
Bottles of wine
Full milk jugs
Laundry detergent and fabric softener Be creative and have fun with it!

Living Room Cardio

It’s hard to run indoors without a treadmill. You can still accomplish cardio by running in place, doing mountain climbers, burpees and jump roping. Try these instead!

Living Room Gym

Step ups on kitchen chairs Fireplace “box” jumps Speed cleaning
Speed laundry

Speed dishes Speed mopping

1 Month Challenge
Day 1: 10 squats, 10 pushups, 10 sit ups Add 5 each day for 30 days
Day 30: 160 squats, pushups and sit-ups

Living Room Bootcamp

Run in place 1 minute 100 jumping jacks
50 skaters
10 inchworms

Living Room Reps 3x
1 minute of work + 20 seconds rest

Set 1
Kitchen chair step ups Kitchen Chair squats

Fireplace box jumps

Set 3
Bicycle crunches Plank

Don’t forget to add in some stretching when you’re finished!

About Lindsey

In short, I am a 32 year old mother of two, a hometown girl, and an absolute fitness junkie with a passion for helping others reach their health and fitness goals. I am a Nationally Certified Yoga Instructor through Yoga Fit. I have five years of group and individual instruction experience, with a focus on rehabilitation and weight loss. I am also a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise In-structor through ISSA and the YMCA, with extensive experience in program design, strength training, weight loss, and healthy aging. Professionally, I have trained with multiple gyms and private training studios, and currently train and instruct at the Hood County YMCA. As stated above, I am the mother of two wonderful children with my high school sweetheart, husband of 13 years, and fellow fitness enthusiast, Michael Powell. We have an 11 year old son and a five year old daughter that keep us very active. I am also a Granbury High School graduate (Class of 2004… Go Pirates!), the former Mrs. Fit Texas, and the current Mrs. Granbury. Why should you listen to anything that I have to say? Okay, so I know what you’re thinking… “Great, another skinny chick that’s never had to struggle with diet or weight a day in her life is going to tell me how easy it is to be fit!”. Well, before you stop reading, let me tell you about my struggles and my fitness journey.