Staying Fit Indoors: Cold-Weather Workout Tips

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If you live in a part of the country where winter comes early and stays long, you probably have to exercise indoors, as frigid temperatures and slippery surfaces are poor motivators for any but the hardiest souls. People who are used to working out in the fresh air may find it hard to believe, but there are endless opportunities for staying fit while you’re waiting for the snow to melt. If you don’t have elaborate exercise equipment or your own home gym, don’t worry. All you really need is a few square feet of floor space, a fitness goal, and the determination to see it through.

You never know—you might like the convenience of working out at home so much that it becomes second nature. It can save you the expense of a gym membership and the time it takes to drive back and forth every time you want to get in some exercise. So this winter, don’t go into workout hibernation by using cold temperatures and short days as an excuse not to work out.

Resistance training

Resistance training helps you build and tone muscle by working against a force or heavy object. It’s based on the fact that your muscles work to overcome resistance. You can get a good workout using resistance bands, free weights, a medicine ball, or your body weight. Try varying the number of reps and the exercises you do to help maintain your progress. There are many great bodyweight exercises on YouTube, including the inchworm, bear crawl, and tuck jump. In addition to improved muscle strength and tone, you’ll also gain improved balance and flexibility.

Hit the barre

Barre exercises combine Pilates, yoga, weights, and ballet moves to help condition muscles. You’ll gain strength, definition, endurance, and better posture. Most of the moves involve bodyweight only, though resistance bands, light weights, or an exercise ball can also be incorporated. Isometric contractions strengthen muscles in different ways than traditional strength training. It’s also well-suited to working out in a confined indoor area.

Home boot camp

If you’re looking for something a bit more intense, try adding a boot camp routine, a military-inspired, high-impact cardio session that gives you a full-body workout. Warm up with some jumping jacks and leg openers, followed by a minute each of rotational lunges, planks, push-ups, and tuck jumps. You can find some vigorous boot camp workout videos on YouTube.

Inner strength

Try mixing things up by adding yoga to your fitness routine. Yoga helps you make a mind-body connection that reduces stress and provides a relaxing break between your indoor workout sessions. You’ll also benefit from greater flexibility and muscle strength. There are different yoga styles to choose from, including slow and deliberate, to the more vigorous Bikram form of yoga.

Release your inner aggressor

Kickboxing has become a highly popular form of exercise as well as a worldwide martial arts phenomenon in recent years. It’s a full-body workout you can do at home if you have some extra space (your garage, basement, attic, or rec room should work fine). Your upper and lower body will benefit from a high-energy workout, and you’ll burn more than 700 calories per hour. And it’s not a bad way to work out some aggression.

Addiction recovery

Physical fitness is also an important part of addiction recovery. When seeking therapy for substance use, many counselors recommend pursuing a physical wellness plan to combat not only the physical effects of substance use, but also to promote the general well-being of patients.

Trim and fit this winter

You can easily get the exercise you need to stay trim and fit this winter by working out indoors. Try mixing up your workout regimen with a variety of exercise styles that work your entire body, build muscle tone, and improve cardio health. You might even find that you prefer exercising at home.

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Thanks to guest blogger, Jason Lewis, for the article.

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