Kitchens are usually a place where we prepare calories, not burn them, but that’s all about to change. While you cook, you can be involved in some workouts just to keep fit. Well, the workout might not result in a chiselled abs, it might just neutralise the calories in that cup of ice cream or extra food. Here are some of them:

Counter-Top Push Ups

Due to the stains that exist on many kitchen floors, doing push-ups on them isn’t very appealing.  The convenient and cleaner workout option is the counter-top push up, which hits a variety of muscle groups including the triceps, chest and upper back. To do this work out, face the countertop and place hands on the edge around shoulder-width apart. Next, step your feet backward and lift your heels up so your body is in a plank position. Slowly lower your chest towards the counter and repeat.

Stove Squats

To do a proper stove squat, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, interlace your fingers behind your head and keep your elbows wide and chest high. Lower into the squat position, bending your knees to as close to a 90-degree angle as possible. Rise back up and repeat.

Frying Pan Lateral Raises

While you cook, frying pans are the perfect substitute for dumb bells. Grab your heaviest pan or anything made of cast iron and hold it at your side with your palm facing your leg. Slowly raise the pan outward until your arm is aligned with your shoulder.

Kitchen Lunges

This particular exercise gives your quads and glutes a serious burn. To do a proper kitchen lunges, keep your upper body straight, shoulder back and relaxed, and tighten your core. Step forward with one leg, lowering hips until both knees are bent at an approximate 90-degree angle. Finally, make sure your front knee is directly above your ankle.

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Forearm Plate Lifts

This strengthens your forearm muscles and improves your grip and handshake. It should be easy to do while you cook. Just hold a small plate in one hand, raise your arm out to the side so that it is aligned with your shoulder, and end at the elbow making an L shape. Make sure you move your wrist up and down while holding the plate.

Calf Lifts

While you wait for the food to be done or chicken defrost in the microwave, try working out these calf muscles with some simple calf lifts. Normally, it should be done on the edge of a step, but it is still effective on a flat surface. Try to stand tall with abdominal muscles pulled in and raise your heels a few inches above the ground so that you are on your tip toes.

Seated Shoulder Lift

Pull up a chair and do some seated shoulder lift as you wait for the rice to be cooked. Extend your arms to either side until they are shoulder level. Then, slowly raise your arms until they are over your head.

So, try out these workouts while you cook. Trust me, you’d enjoy doing them.

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