If the sky has been gray for weeks with loads of drizzling rain, you’ll find that you start to crave indoor activities for Winter workouts that won’t force you out the door to face the chill. That five mile run can be put on hold while you pamper yourself with the warmth and get a good workout in the process. The easiest way to get your workout without facing the weather is to stop at the gym on the way home from work. A group workout or boot camp in the gym can be a great alternative when it’s too hot or cold outside.
Break the monotony with an indoor sport.
Whether you want to rock climb, do power lifting or shoot some hoops, not only will doing it in a gym save you from the chill of the outdoors, it also can help add a pleasant break from traditional workouts. Get a group together and spend your night out with the gals or guys getting a great workout while having fun. Martial arts, kickboxing and regular boxing can also be invigorating.
Create an indoor workout.
If you aren’t a gym member or just want to stay inside completely, create your own workout at home. If you have a yoga mat and some simple homemade equipment or exercise bands, that’s even better. Homemade equipment can include clean milk jugs filled with water as weights. Make sure your routine includes a warm up and cool down. You can work on strength one day, flexibility and endurance another or ask your personal trainer for some ideas for a workout you can do in a pinch at home.
Take up walking, indoors.
Mall walking was embraced by seniors because it was free and the walk outdoor came with cold blistery weather. You don’t have to be a senior to appreciate the benefits of walking in the mall. If you’re a compulsive shopper, leave your credit card at home, but otherwise, you might even find a few items you need or just want. Carry the weight of the bag around the mall can build strength, too.
- Get active with the kids. Whether you dance with them, do jumping jacks and other exercises or just have another active game, you’ll have quality time with the kids and get a workout, too.
- Embrace the cold. Go to the mountains to ski or try some ice skating. You may find the cold isn’t that bad at all.
- Try yoga. It’s not as easy as you think and one session will prove that to you.
- Take a self-defense course. Not only will you get fitter while staying warm, you’ll feel safer after you learned how to protect yourself.