I’ll Admit: I’m A Whimp!
Exercising in the cold winter months is not what I want to do – EVER. I admit, I’m a wimp – just ask my family. As pretty as a cool morning might be, I’m not going for my morning walk.
During the warm summer months, nothing is as enjoyable as an outdoor run or power walk in the sunshine, taking a dip in the local pool or rolling out your yoga mat in your favorite local park. But when the first Autumn breeze starts blowing and temperatures drop, I head indoors and stay there.
I’ve got clients asking how they can keep to their exercise routine when it’s cold outside.
Which leads to some creativity and challenges you to become intentional about indoor workouts to get you through the cold months. Depending on where you live in the world, you may still have a bit of time left for outdoor workouts before it’s too cold. But for those of you who are ready to start your indoor workouts, let’s go over some ideas!
Here’s what I do during the winter months….
If you don’t want to commit to a gym membership, or you simply prefer working out at home as opposed to a gym, then you can always use your own home as a private fitness studio.
There are plenty of HIIT workouts available on the internet that only require little time and little space. You could get away with working out a couple of times a week with sessions of 15 to 30 minutes. This is perfect when you are short on time but still want to see results.
HIIT exercises are my favorite. I start my morning with a 15-minute routine, which gets my metabolism up and running for the next few hours.
Hit up the gym
For those of you who do live near a gym and prefer that atmosphere, it might be wise to get a gym membership for this part of the year. In the gym, the temperature is always right, you can replace running outside with running on a treadmill, take a yoga class, or you could work on your strength training. There are a lot of possibilities in the gym, and you can constantly switch up your workout without getting bored.
Visit the local indoor pool
If there is an indoor pool near where you live, you may want to pay it some visits in the colder months to come. Swimming is easy on the joints while still working your muscles and raising your heart rate. So, if your knees are sore from hitting the pavement one too many times, then swimming can be great to still be in good shape with a well-rested body when spring rolls around again.
Use YouTube to your advantage
One of my favorite things about YouTube is the availability of free workouts. You can find pretty much any workout on YouTube — yoga, Pilates, dance routine exercises, etc. It’s a limitless option, so you’re sure to find a workout that suits you!
YouTube is where I get all my exercise routines. The variety keeps my routines from getting boring.
Work on picking one of these options and sticking with it. The weather doesn’t have to undermine your fitness habits — it’s usually as simple as making a small adjustment, such as this. Talk about your favorite at-home workout routine when you can’t make it to the gym.
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