If you’re struggling to find the time to exercise on a regular basis, or are looking for some simple ways to increase your fitness from home, it’s certainly worth thinking about how much time you spend in the kitchen.
Here are 3 simple and effective exercises that you can incorporate with just a few common household objects – most of which are probably already in your kitchen, says Purva Narang, fitness and rehab trainer.
1) Front to lateral raise : Stand holding a pickle/ketchup bottle in either hand by your side. Slightly bend your knees and lift the bottles laterally until they’re shoulder height. Then bring them back to starting position before raising them directly in front of you. Repeat the sequence.
Aim for 3 sets of 10 raises.
2) The Halo : Hold any storage jar flat, in front of your body. Begin by circling to the right and finish the circle by bringing it around the left side of your head and back to the starting position. After you complete one full rotation, reverse direction. Continue circling for 10 or more repetitions alternating sides.
3) Tricep extensions : Stand tall and hold any container with a handle (dettol/comfort/milk, etc) with both (or single) hands directly above your head. Slowly flex your elbows and lower the weight behind your head as you keep your upper arms still. Extend your arms and repeat.
Do 3 sets of 10-15 reps.
While kitchens are usually a place where we prepare calories, let’s change the game and burn some too! Get moving, anywhere. Anytime!