Halloween is the time of the year that brings in memories of candy and costumes. It also brings in memories of loads of pumpkins at most grocery stores. For one, they are widely used for cooking, but in addition they can also be used for workouts. And to go ahead with pumpkin workout, you need to pick a gourd that is heavy enough to give you a good workout as any other medicine ball. Here are some ways to make the best use of pumpkin for a full-body workout.
The Pumpkin Lunge With Twist
This lunge movement will provide workout to the entire body, and to involve your abs, it is necessary to add a twist. Step your right foot forward with both the legs in a roughly 90-degree angle. Once you find your balance, twist to the right as much as you can as you hold your pumpkin tight. Repeat with the other foot, as you twist to the opposite direction. Keep alternating feet in place or do the workout on the go. Continue for three sets of 12 on each side either way.
The Single-Leg Pumpkin Deadlift
The single-leg deadlift is a test of the balance and it is performed as an exercise for the hamstring, back and glute. Hinge at the hips while standing on one leg as you lower your pumpkin to the ground level and move up the other leg behind you. Press the glute of the raised leg and lift your body back using the glutes and hamstring, to the starting position. You should keep the back flat all through the entire movement. Continue on each leg three sets of 10.
The Standing Pumpkin Chop
Stand with your feet apart that are more than the shoulder width and lift the pumpkin in front. Now swing the pumpkin above your head using your core power (without using your arms power) as you turn out hips, chin and toes in the same direction. Now bring down the pumpkin back down as if swinging a golf club below the waist on your left, again turning in the same direction the hips, chin and toes. All the while focus on the abs and don’t use your momentum do the work for you.
The Sumo Squat With Overhead Pumpkin Press
While standing in a squat position slightly wider than normal, place your toes slightly outwards. This works out the smaller lower body muscles into the squat routine and at the same time, working the big ones even harder. If an overhead press is added, it works as a compound movement in which more than one muscle group are used in one exercise that effectively bring down the working time to half. Raise the pumpkin above the head without locking the elbows. Continue for three sets of 12.
In addition to physical workout, dancing is also found to keep the brain nimble and fend off dementia as you grow older. As you listen to music while dancing, the workout feel less tiresome compared to plain exercises. So why not include some music as you do pumpkin workout?