We have 3 months before our first session at Camp Pocono Trails begins. Opening day will be here before you know it, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get a head start on moving our bodies, right? We know many of our teens and young adults want a head start on their fitness and weight loss goals while waiting for summer camp to start.
March still has it’s cold days and April will bring is showers. Just because the weather may prevent you from getting outside, it doesn’t mean that workouts should be forgotten. There are plenty of fun ways to get those calories burned and your body moving in the comfort of your own home and without any machines.
Whether you have an in-house exercise room or not, these are some fun approaches to exercising, while still being able to avoid that frigid chill.
1. Floor Workouts:
If you have an open space to work with or you need to move around some furniture, workouts that only require floor space are super easy and fun. Exercises that can be done on the floor include crunches, push-ups, sit ups, lunges, squats, jumping jacks, high knees, planks, and bicycle crunches. You can even try adding some 5 lb weighs to your floor routine!
2. Using your stairs:
If you have stairs inside of your house, using them to exercise is a great way to get your heart going. No matter how you want to approach it-if you want to follow a routine or make one up yourself-climbing stairs is a great way to get your workout in. You could even burn up to 150 calories in just 15 minutes when climbing stairs!
3. Workout Videos:
Getting workout videos are very fun because there are so many out there and you get to pick them out yourself. This can ensure that you’re working out the way you want to! You have a virtual trainer there, keeping you motivated throughout the entire workout. There are so many videos online that you can follow!
It’s very underrated that something as simple as dancing in your bedroom can make you burn calories. You can blast the music on your parents’ stereo and it’ll keep you moving. It’s fun, exciting, and you can do it with multiple people. I know it can sound silly, but who cares? Break out of your shell and bust a move. You’ll feel more confident that you exceeded your comfort zone and burned calories while doing so.
5. Make your own Circuit:
Circuit routines are perfect for in house workouts, especially in the winter. All you need is 5-7 of your favorite floor workouts. You can even add in a couple of friends or family members to make it fun. Set a station for each workout. Some suggestions are a cardio station like jumping jacks, a core station like crunches, an arm station such as push-ups, and even a station dedicated to using the stairs in your house. You could even put on a 7-minute workout video or a 7-minute section of your favorite video as one of the stations. Get creative and make it fun!
Teen fitness and teen weight loss can be a challenge. So many schedules are overwhelmed with school, studying, the allure of electronics and sitting, sitting, and more sitting. However the hardest part can be getting started. Once you start moving, you gradually feel better and stronger. Chances are you’ll start to look forward to your routines and how they make you feel. Then before you know it, you’ll be ready to pack your bags and supercharge your summer at Camp Pocono Trails! The things you’ll learn at camp will stay with you come September and beyond. We’re so excited for the summer!