Cold-Weather Workout Tips: How To Stay Fit Indoors
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Cold-weather workouts can be a pain, and if you live in certain areas of the country, they can be dangerous or nearly impossible. When winter rolls in and brings wind chill factors and snow, there are few among us who feel like going for a run. If you don’t have the extra money to sign up for a costly gym membership, what do you do?
There are several options and they can all be done from the warmth and safety of your home. The key is to think outside the box a little and turn various activities into a chance to get your heart rate up. Change things up so that you won’t get bored and involve your dog or your children in order to stay motivated. It’s important to include some fun into the workout.
Daily exercise is important for everyone, and when you can’t get outside, getting creative at home will help you build a routine you can do at any time.
Get active with your dog
Dogs love activity, and since winter weather affects them, too, it’s a good idea to get them involved in your workout. Think of some ways you can get up and get moving with your pup. For instance, you might create an “obstacle course” throughout your home and run it with your pet, or you can play a spirited game of tug-of-war. Turning a workout into playtime benefits both you and your pet, and it’s something you can do everyday that won’t leave you bored to death.
Create your own exercise class
Find an area of your home that will give you some space to move around and create your own workout class. Set a goal to see how many reps you can do each of jumping jacks, push-ups, pull-ups, squat thrusts and sit-ups and push yourself a little further each time to up the number. You might be surprised at how many you can do.
Make a garage gym
You can develop your own garage gym with a few simple tools, such as a stability ball, a yoga mat, resistance bands and some free weights or kettlebells. Think about the items that would be ideal for your workout routines. Having your own gym will allow you to stay on track with your workouts and help keep you motivated.
Use chores to your advantage
Cleaning and performing other household chores can be a huge advantage when you need a quick workout. Vacuuming, running up and down the stairs, and mopping are great ways to get your heart rate up and take care of things around the house at the same time.
Love to dance? Push back the coffee table, put on some music you love and get to shakin’! This is a great way to get your heart rate up in a way that doesn’t feel like exercise at all. Dancing can involve your entire body and all the major muscle groups, so don’t be shy.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with your home workouts. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it gets your heart rate up for at least 20-30 minutes per day. Combined with a well-balanced diet and adequate rest, these workouts will help you feel better and maybe even lose a bit of weight.