EXERCISING WITH A TOWEL OR BROOM
One of the great things about working-out … in is the privacy. This time is just for you, and you deserve it.
Remember to warm-up and cool down the body for 5-10 minutes. You can simply do this by marching in place. End your workout by stretching.
Here are a few isometric (one set of muscles in opposition to another set of muscles) exercises you can do with the use of a towel and/or broom handle:
Oblique (side muscles) – Stand up straight with feet shoulder width apart with an end of towel in each hand. Raise arms above head. Open arms as wide as possible until the towel is tightly stretched. Bend to one side as far as you can. Feel the stretch. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat on the opposite side. Repeat 10 times.
Shoulders, Arms, Abdominals – Stand up straight with feet shoulder width apart. Knees bent slightly, abdominals tight. Grab end of towel into each hand stretching the towel tightly. Bend over slowly until the towel is out in front of you parallel with your knees. Keep back straight.
Slowly raise your body into a standing position with towel parallel to your waist pause. Now raise the towel up slowly over your head – pause. Lower towel, bending body at the waist, keeping back straight Repeat 10 times.
You would be able to do the same exercise as listed, plus…
Trapezius, triceps (Shoulder blades, back upper arm) – Stand straight with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent. Hold the handle of the broom in one hand. Place the broom behind you and hold it in both hands behind your back. Separate hands as much as possible without pain. Pulse up 10 times, hold and pulse up again. Repeat 5 sets of 10.
Balance – Stand straight with feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent. Hold the broom in front parallel to your waist, arms stretched out in front. Bring one knee up to meet the handle and hold for 10 seconds. Then the other knee. Repeat 2 times.
There you have it. Easy exercises to do at home and at your own pace.
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