Swimming, hiking, tennis, and beach volleyball are all great summer activities that are fun and burn some extra calories. The fall can be great for taking a nice brisk walk and see the leaves changing colors. Winter, however, is not always ideal for working out outdoors. Unless you like to ski or snowboard, exercising outside in the cold can make your workout seem like a task. Most people give up and wait for warmer weather to begin working out again. Instead of quitting for the winter, work out indoors. There are many activities to keep you motivated and off the couch. Here are three ideas to get you started:
Exercises Videos – Buying just one will do the trick, but starting a small collection will give you some variety so you don’t get bored. You can buy them from many local stores, or you can look through many different titles on websites like Amazon.com or Collagevideo.com. Choose from Aerobics, Weight Lifting, Circuit Training, Kickboxing, Dance, Pilate’s, Yoga and so much more. You will never get bored with these endless options. Pick something you like and remember to have fun. One idea a friend of mine came up with was to start an exercises group in her condominium complex. They use the clubhouse on the premises Monday – Friday at a designated time to alternate videos and they do them as a group. If you live in an apartment or condo community and have a space to do this, ask management for permission.
Calisthenics – Keep your heart rate up by doing all the moves from gym class. Make a circuit routine of jumping jacks, push ups, crunches, and leg lifts. Everyone can do these moves and they can be done in reps that suit every fitness level. No need to buy anything. The only thing you need is your own body. Click here for some more information on calisthenic workouts www.brainyweightloss.com/calisthenics-routine.html
Get some equipment – Get toned with some hand weights or a medicine ball. Don’t have these things and don’t want to buy them? Use some canned veggies in lieu of weights or a look through your garage for a long bungee cord to use as a resistance band. Look on Craigslist.com, or in the classified section of your local newspaper for some used equipment. You can get a treadmill, or an elliptical machine for a fraction of the cost of buying one new.
These are just a few suggestions to get you started. Beat the cold by creating workouts inside your own home. Just get creative and get moving.