Break into these easy exercise moves in the kitchen while you’re waiting for your food to be cooked. It’s possible!
Kitchen life can be rather inactive when all you do is chop some veggies and chicken, then transfer them to the stove to cook. While waiting for your food to be ready, switch on your calorie-burning engine with these quick and easy exercise moves. From your arms to your abs, this fat-burning circuit will let you fire up your muscles before you dig in.
A kitchen tabletop that stops near your waist or hip serves as bench for some push-ups. Squeeze in some pushups as you wait for your food to cook. Stand 3 – 4 footsteps away from the countertop and place your hands on it in pushup position. Inhale and bring your chest towards the countertop, keeping your body in a straight line. Exhale, and return to the starting position for a few more repetitions.
Weighted bicep curls
Your kitchen has more exercise equipment than you might think. The innocent water bottles in the corner serve as a mighty good option for weights. Fill up two one-litre bottles with water and hold them in each hand. Stand upright and bend your elbows to bring both bottles to your chest. Exhale when you curl your biceps, and keep elbows close to your body.
A squat is a versatile exercise move that tones up your glutes, thighs and abdominals. This is also the easiest workout move to do in the kitchen. Spread your feet hip-width apart and extend arms forward. Taking an imaginary seat, lower and send your hips backwards. Make sure your knees do not go beyond your toes. Hold the squat for a few seconds before coming back up to complete one rep.
Lateral leg lift
Hold on to a sturdy table or chair for this exercise move that tones your thigh muscles with very little movement, making it a perfect workout move in the kitchen. Rest your left hand on the back of a chair and stand tall. Straighten your right leg and lift it upwards, towards the side of your body. Hold it at a 45-degree angle for a few seconds before bringing it back to the starting position. Repeat for a few times and switch legs.
Raise your heels and squeeze your glutes while holding a tiptoe position. Hold it for a few seconds before letting your heels touch the ground again. Repeat this for a good burn that tones your calves, legs and butt. It requires no additional space, and can be done in front of the stove while you wait for your food to simmer.
Standing wood chop
You do not exactly need an axe for this exercise move – just grab something weighted from your kitchen, preferably a bottle that’s filled with water. Position the water bottle above your head with both hands and twist to your side as your arms swoop the bottle down towards your hip. Perform this ‘chopping’ move in a controlled action. It targets your obliques for a slimmer waist.