As the thermometer starts to drop, many have a hard time finding ways to stay active and look for winter exercise ideas.
Those who enjoy walking outside are less apt to do so in severely cold weather or days where the elements don’t cooperate. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still aim to get in 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise though!
Here are some tips for staying active throughout the winter.
1. Find indoor walking routes. Most malls have indoor walking routes, or try a local school or hospital. Find somewhere indoors to keep up with your regular walking routine.
2. Workout videos. Pop in a 30 minute video – one of my favorites is Jillian Michaels. She combines light weights with cardio, mixing exercises with small muscle groups and large muscle groups to blast through calories, and you don’t need any fancy equipment to do her workouts. A small set of weights, or cans of soup will work.
3. On Demand Cable. If you aren’t interested in a workout video, or are unsure what kind of exercise to try, check out the on-demand feature on your cable. Most cable providers have a fitness or workout section that offer a variety of workouts ranging from yoga to kickboxing. This is a great way to sample unfamiliar or different types of workouts and they tend to change them up periodically.
4. Have a dance party! Queue up some of your favorite dance songs and stay moving for at least 20-30 minutes for a great cardio burst.
5. Download the Nike+ Training App – loads of circuits, weights, and cardio, designed for all types of workout levels, that can all be completed in the comforts of your own home.
6. Hit the gym. When looking to join a gym, find out which gyms have the kind of classes/equipment/services you enjoy most. Many offer specials during the holiday season and first of the year.
7. Clean the house. Make use of the time that you are stuck indoors to spiff up your house! Vigorous cleaning such as vacuuming or scrubbing the floors for 20 minutes can burn over 100 calories.
8. Buddy up. If you are going to brave the elements, do so safely and preferably with a partner. Make sure you are dressed properly and are visible to others that are outside. Here are some more tips on safely exercising outdoors in the cold from the Mayo Clinic: mayoclinic.com/health/fitness/HQ01681.
As with any exercise regimen, make sure you warm up and cool down appropriately. For more fitness ideas, visit: mayoclinic.com/health/fitness/MY00396
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