Working out during the winter months can be a lot different than during the spring and summer. The colder months present plenty of challenges that cause us to find creative ways to get physical exercise within the four walls of our homes. Messy roads keep us from hitting the gym, cold temperatures make it difficult to get out for a jog, bike ride or hike, and darkness comes a lot earlier, preventing us from heading outside after work.
But, with a little dedication, some healthy lifestyle changes and a bit of creativity, you can still make sure you’re getting your daily exercise. Here are a few ways you can get the most out of your indoor workout:
Invest in a cross-training machine that allows you to work all the major muscles of the body.
If there is an area of your body that needs a bit of extra attention, consider the purchase of a target machine that focuses on the arms, abs, glutes or legs.
Exercise at the same time each day, whether it’s cardio in the morning and yoga at night or vice versa. Making it part of your regular schedule ensures that you have no excuses to skip a day.
Make use of household fixtures, like stairs, if investing in a machine is not an option. Work the legs with lunges, the triceps with dips and both the arms and legs with stair crawls. These are sure to get the heart pumping, too.
Most everyone has a smart TV or device these days. Check out the app options that offer everything from kickboxing and Zumba to yoga and Tai-Chi. Find a favorite instructor and stick with it.
Even if you don’t have any equipment in your one-story home, you can still sneak in a great workout with shadowboxing or calisthenics, which uses the body to build strength through controlled movements like standing, grasping and pushing.