5 Easy Exercises You Can Do In The Kitchen January 9, 2017
Who says you need to go to the gym to get in a good workout? At HelloFresh, we like to have fun and get active in the kitchen! Get ready to break a sweat with these simple and easy exercises. Spoiler alert: you’re going to look extremely silly, but that’s half the fun!
With each new year comes the renewed mentality of being more active and eating healthier. In that spirit, we decided to kick off 2017 on a fun and delicious note. Our dietitian and fitness guru, Rebecca, has worked hard to find five easy exercises that’ll help you burn a few calories while cooking. Remember, you’re not just in the kitchen; you’re in the zone. It’s time to turn up the heat and no, we’re not talking about the oven!
1. Wall Sits
We like to think of wall sits as creating an invisible chair. Start by leaning against a wall and slowly sliding down as if you’re about to take a seat. Make sure your feet are firmly placed on the ground. This is the perfect position for reading recipe cards! Bonus points if you can pull off these leg lifts.
2. Calf Raises
Imagine you have to get on your tippy-toes to reach the top of your spice rack. Keep your feet close together and push off the balls of your feet. Voila, it’s that easy! Give it a try while slicing and dicing your veggies.
3. Countertop Push-Ups
Squeeze in a few push-ups while waiting for sauces to reduce, pasta to cook, or even between washing dishes–which, let’s be honest, is just prep for your next meal and workout.
4. Walking Lunges
Clear a path and brush those onion peels aside because it’s time to strut that kitchen runway. Start with your feet together and hands on your hips, then take one step forward and lower your back knee to the ground. Push off the heel of your front foot while stepping forward with your back foot.
Let the roar of boiling water cheer you on while you drop it like it’s hot. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart (or slightly wider), kick your hips back, and drop down like you’re going to sit on a chair. Do these squats between recipe steps and you’ll feel the burn in no time. We’ll take burning calories over burning food any day!
If all else fails, put on our “Cook, Dance, Repeat!” playlist and dance like no one is watching. Before you know it, the kitchen will be your new happy place and you’ll be doing these easy exercises every day. What are you waiting for? Get cooking and have some fun!
If you’re feeling adventurous and have a few minutes to spare before dinner is done, try this walking handstand! It’ll definitely impress your friends and family. Just kidding, please don’t try this at home.
Now that you’re sweating, it’s time to hydrate. But don’t just settle for plain old H20. Instead, sip on one of these infused water wonders.