Don't Let Snow Ruin Your Exercise Program

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Due to the severe weather in Birmingham, I have had to cancel two of my personal training sessions today. I did not feel that driving around was worth the risk because as I am a mobile trainer,if anything happened to my car then my business could be seriously affected.

I would understand if a lot of people had the same attitude when it came to driving anywhere at the moment, including the gym. Does this mean that an exercise plan should be shelved until the weather gets better? Not necessarily. Here are some ideas of what to do at home instead.

I personally find that some body weight  exercises are better than using weights or machines! I have to be very skilled in body weight exercises as I personal train people in their homes as well. The press up for example is a great exercise on so many levels. This can be done anytime and anywhere and is great for strengthening chest, shoulders, lower back and stomach. If you do enough as well, they can really get you out of breath which gives your heart and lungs some exercise. You can also do them as a part of a mini circuit with a lower body exercise such as a squat to get a really good workout.

Squats are very good because of the shear volume of muscles involved in performing the movement. I once heard that we use over 400 muscles when performing a squat motion and the more muscles used, the more calories burned! The good thing with this classic exercise as well is the variations that can be used such as the jump squat (which gives a great cardio workout) and split squats, which can really strengthen and develop the muscles in the legs. You can easily do 10-15 push ups followed by 10-15 jump squats in a mini circuit and get a great quick workout.

The other option when there is a lot of snow and ice about is to have a rest! The body does need time to recover from exercise so if you are a regular exerciser then a rest may just be the ticket to reset yourself. As a personal trainer, I often find that my clients (and myself) get stressed sometimes about missing workouts. Missing the odd session is OK, it's completely falling off the wagon that causes problems.

If you do find yourself snowed in, don't panic! Either have a few days to recover and then get back into your exercise program feeling refreshed or use some great bodyweight exercises to keep your body on it's toes!

Hi I'm John Hill, I am a personal trainer based in Birmingham. If you are tired of fad diets, boring exercise programmes or you just want to get back in those skinny jeans, I am the man to help! After losing five stone  myself I know how tough it is so I would love to help you achieve your goals 

http://johnhill.inspiringfitness.co.uk

 

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