How to burn calories in the kitchen - 5 easy exercises to do while you are cooking
Research shows that as the amount of time men and women spend on food preparation increases, the likelihood that those same people will exercise more decreases.
We all have reasons for not exercising, but it all comes down to time management. Busy as you are, you really do have time to cook your own healthy meals AND work out.
Squeeze in these simple exercises while cooking: you’ll feel great, burning away the extra pounds in no time!
1. Skillet curls
Hold your heaviest skillet by the handle with one hand and do 10 bicep curls on each side. You can do this lateral shoulder exercise when you have a minute to spare while preparing dinner.
2. Stove/dishwasher squats
Strengthen your legs and but by lowering into a squat as you put your dish in the oven, or every time you load or unload an item from the dishwasher. Keep your chest lifted to keep your lower back safe, and slowly stand back up each time.
3. Kitchen sink leg lifts
Leg raises help shape your but, hips and thighs. You can do this exercise while doing the dishes (another great kitchen workout!) or when waiting for your cake to cool down. For a backwards leg lift, keep your leg straight and lift it about 90 degrees while bending forward. When your leg is at the highest it should be parallel to the kitchen floor. Repeat 10 times and then switch to the other leg. Don’t let your foot touch the ground between repetitions. Alternate with side and forward leg lifts.
4. Towel pull
Grab a kitchen towel and hold it above your head while pulling to the sides as much as you can. Keep the tension for about 30 seconds before resting. Cut a carrot or flip your steak, and then repeat. This simple and fun exercise gives your upper-arms a great work-through.
5. Bridging the gap – for master chefs only!
Position yourself as seen in the image. Keep your body in a straight line while contracting your abs and glutes. Hold this position for about 30 seconds and if you can, do a second set. This is a great exercise to train your six-pack and strengthen your core. Holding a rolling pin as an extra challenge was no problem for our (super) model Els, but please do NOT try this at home if you’re not an expert in the kitchen! ;-)
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