Though tempting on some days, sitting in front of the television set with a bag of potato chips is not the ideal way to wile away the winter. It can be tough to summon the willpower to work out on chilly days. If you enjoy walking or running outdoors, those activities can become uninviting and even unsafe when the temperatures drop and the roads ice over. Even getting out the door to go to the gym can be daunting when it’s cold and dreary outside.
On the bright side, though, winter presents a number of options for staying in shape. For one, you can grab your shovel and get a good workout right in the driveway shoveling snow. You can burn a good 300 to 500 calories by shoveling for an hour.
In addition to shoveling snow, consider these indoor exercises. You can work up a good sweat and burn plenty of calories without having to head out into the cold.
- Riding your stationary bike – Indoor cycling can enable you to burn hundred of calories as well as keep your bones strong. Cycling also strengthens your thigh and calf muscles.
- Resistance training – Bodyweight exercises such as truck jumps, inchworm, bear crawl, plyometric push-ups and others can be performed indoors without so much as dumbbells, plates, or machines. These exercises can improve your strength and endurance using only body resistance.
- Dumbbells – Dumbbells bring a lot of versatility to your exercise routines. You don’t need a huge selection—just a few pairs—and your dumbbell routine can target the major muscle groups in your body. Check the Internet for brief daily workouts using different dumbbell exercises.
- Barre dancing – This is a dance-based exercise routine that combines dance with traditional exercises while holding onto a barre (a rod that is attached to the wall). Barre dancing draws on classical ballet movements while providing a cardio boost. If you don’t have access to a barre, the back of a chair works just fine. With the help of DVDs or Internet barre classes, you can have your own personal barre sessions without the hassle of going to the gym.
Instead of stocking up on calories on cold winter days, try a few types of indoor fitness routines. Find one you like best or mix it up with different exercise options.