5 Ways to Stay Fit During Winter
Winter is here and it means two things: one, the holidays are coming, and two, for those who find it difficult to keep working out because of the cold weather, it’s going to be hard to stay motivated. Which means you’d rather stay warm on your bed than get up and go running or go to the gym. Sometimes, you’d rather pay for the holiday expenses than for your gym membership. But fret not, because here are some low-cost ideas to keep fit outside the gym this season.
Take the stairs
Walking and running up and down the stairs of your house, apartment building, or office building can be a great high intensity cardio and leg workout. You can start out by walking short intervals or climbing one step at a time at your own pace and challenge yourself to speed up the following days.
Go ice skating
Ice skating can be an indoor or outdoor activity. You don’t always need a frozen lake to enjoy ice skating, as many major cities have indoor rinks that allow you to enjoy this activity even if it’s negative degrees outside. It helps improve your balance and your joint flexibility. It’s a great cardio exercise that focuses on lower-body movement, thereby improving your leg muscles. Also, the longer you skate, the more you improve your endurance.
Be involved in other indoor sports
Joining a team or individual sports program is also a good way to stay fit. There are cost-effective programs usually run by local municipalities, held at a local school or community center. It can be a game of basketball, floor hockey, or badminton. You should also consider attending aerobic or dance classes in your community. It’s also a good way to socialize.
This activity not only helps you shed fat faster, it also allows you to enjoy your favorite music at home. You can dance to your current favorite songs like a 20-minute workout while dinner is on the stove or in the oven.
Try yoga at home
Yoga is a good way to stay fit and also to meditate and take the stress off your system. You can always get a DVD yoga program or find lessons over the internet. Yoga actually helps you build up your body temperature, and there are intense styles like power yoga that can have you sweat out toxins and help you avoid the winter sniffles.
Remember, fitness doesn’t have an off-season, and it’s not impossible to get the motivation to exercise even in the winter and even if you can’t go outside.