Bodyweight Exercises for Indoor Winter Fitness

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exerciseDo you find that all your good fitness habits go out the window as soon as the seasons change? Winter weather can make it hard to keep physically active. Luckily, our apartments in Springfield, VA have ample area for indoor exercise when it's frightful outside.

Best Bodyweight Exercises for Apartment Dwellers

Bodyweight exercises have the advantage of using your own weight for resistance, so you can do them anywhere with minimal equipment. By including a mix of moves in your routine, you can get a good workout without having to brave Springfield's winter cold. A few good ones to start:

Planks

Lie face down with your forearms on the floor and your hands clasped together. Extend your legs behind you and rise up on your toes. Keep your back straight and hold the position for 30 to 60 seconds.

Wall Squats

These moves are great for your glutes without putting excess pressure on your knees or back. Slowly slide your back down a wall until your knees are parallel to the ground. Hold for 30 seconds.

Lunges

Stand with feet spaced hip-width apart and your hands on your hips. Step one leg forward and slowly lower your body until your back knee is close to or touching the floor. It should be bent at a 90-degree angle. Go back to your starting position and repeat on your other side. To mix things up, try stepping back into the lunge instead.

Calf Raises 

This one is simplicity itself: simply stand with your feet hip-width apart, then go up on your tiptoes. Hold the position for 30 seconds or so, then gently lower yourself down. 

Superman Stretches

 This one looks easy but provides plenty of work for your core. Lie flat on your stomach on your rug or an exercise mat with your arms over your head. Arch your back until your arms and legs rise from the floor. 

Adding these to each day can keep you fit and energetic no matter what the weather is like outside. The Residences at Springfield feature spacious floor plans that are comfortable and appealing no matter what time of year. Looking for a new place? Get in touch today for a tour.

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