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Replace dumb-bells with a pressure cooker and do a full body workout with these 4 exercises

Published on:4 February 2021, 17:48pm IST
It’s time to make your home workouts more intense and interesting! Try out these 4 full-body workouts by swapping dumbells with a pressure cooker.
Geetika Sachdev
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Increase the pressure of your workouts with the good old pressure cooker. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Most of us prefer to do indoor workouts in the winter, because it’s oh-so-cold to step out in the chilly weather. Plus, there’s still a fear of contracting covid-19, and we don’t really want to take a chance by hitting the gym. But that doesn’t mean that fitness has to be on the backburner, because it is still as important or maybe even more now to keep your physical and mental health in check. 

Now you might assume that working out at home requires buying fancy equipment, but hold your horses ladies, because we have the perfect solution for you. Are you ready to know? Well, how about using the good old pressure cooker to work out your body. No, we aren’t kidding, because you can totally use this kitchen staple and get a fab body! It not only helps to strengthen your muscles, but also accelerates your body’s metabolism. Plus, resistance training of this kind also protects you from conditions like osteoporosis.

All you need to do is add a few packs of lentils inside the pressure cooker, so that there’s some weight! Also, you can bring in interval training by doing alternate exercises very fast, and then reducing the pace. 

We know we’ve raised your excitement levels! So without further ado, we’ll tell you all about the full-body exercises you can do using a pressure cooker. 

 

1. Squat and reach

 

Hold the pressure cooker and squat down, as far as you can go. As you exhale, gradually come up and reach over the head with your arms. If you want to make this a little harder, you can even incorporate a jump. The only condition is to do this exercise super fast for 45 seconds, so that your muscles get fired up! 

 

2. Triceps extension

 

You would usually do this exercise using dumb-bells, but as we told you, it’s time to steam up your exercise session with a pressure cooker. This exercise requires you to move your triceps through a full range of motion, and trust us, you are going to feel the burn!

Start your fitness journey on the right note. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Start by standing with your feet shoulder width apart, and hold the pressure cooker in front of you. Now raise it above your head, until your arms are stretched out straight. Slowly lower the pressure cooker back behind your head, being careful that your elbows do not flare out too much.Once your forearms move beyond, parallel to the floor, bring the pressure cooker back to the initial position. Try this exercise for 45 seconds in one go, and repeat it several times. 

 

3. Lunges with overhead load

 

In this exercise, you do lunges as you would usually do, but we’ll slightly tweak it. How you may ask? By incorporating a pressure cooker! Hold the kitchen equipment over your head, while you are in the lunge position. Now, do lunges with each leg for 20-30 seconds. If you want to increase the intensity of the exercise, then you can turn it into jumping lunges. Also, since we are bringing in interval training, do this exercise as fast as you can. 

 

4. Abs reach

 

Lie down on a yoga mat, and make sure that your knees are bent and feet are hip width apart. Put the pressure cooker on the chest, and as you exhale, come up and stretch out your arms towards the ceiling. Do it at a normal pace for 45 minutes. This workout is surely going to work out your abs, so ladies get ready to flaunt crop tops in no time! 

Aren’t these exercises super amazing? Try them out and let us know how you find them, in the comments below! 

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.