Finally, you’ve got some downtime and you’re ready to hit the beach for a shoreline run or head to the park for a nice bike ride! Unfortunately, the forecast is for rain, and you’re SOL. In theory, summer workouts are the best because what’s more motivating than gorgeous weather and the chance to be out in the sunshine? But when bad weather hits, it’s easy to be swayed to elect for a more inactive way to pass your free time, like cozying up in some yoga pants and embarking on a Netflix binge for, like, hours on end. In light of the recent gloomy weather that has hit my area, I decided to opt for a slightly more unconventional summer fitness post: the rainy day summer workout!
It can’t all be rainbows and butterflies (sorry I had to), inevitably – and probably just when you’ve got some time off from work and assorted other responsibilities – it’s going to rain on our fitness parade. But there are plenty of alternatives to working out outside, and lucky for us, they’re accessible, super simple, and budget-friendly; trifecta! Oh, and of course they’re extremely effective and will give you the perfect workout for some not-so-perfect weather conditions.
Check out these rainy day workouts and pick your favorite to do the next time your area is hit with some unfortunate weather!
1. Kettlebell Workout
A kettlebell workout can be done in less than half the time of typical workouts and burns twice as many calories!” – Sarah Lurie, author of Kettlebells for Dummies
2. Jump Rope
Why it works: You’re toning your upper and lower body at the same time, while quickly boosting your heart rate. The result: a 160-pound person can torch more than 350 calories in 30 minutes.
3. Body-weight Workouts
You can get an amazing workout in a small space by mixing and matching basic moves like lunges, squats, mountain climbers, planks and pushups. Planks and mountain climbers are fantastic for your abs, push-ups are perfect for your chest, while squats and lunges tone your legs and butt. Aim to do three sets of 10 reps for each move. To boost your calorie burn, keep rests between each move no more than 20 to 30 seconds. To amp calories even more, add a 1-minute cardio blast—like jumping jacks—between each
4. Barre Work
The ballet-derived exercises are normally done using a stationary handrail, but you can do them with a chair, kitchen table, or even the back of your couch. Barre work strengthens your deepest belly muscles, pulling in your waist like a corset, while lifting your butt, trimming your thighs, and toning your arms.
Click here the complete list and more information on each workout, and enjoy the next rainy day with some fun and effective, weather-friendly fitness!