By Alana Brager
When the winter weather arrives, do you make up excuses to skip a workout? As the temperatures cool down, take your workouts inside. Whether you want to lift weights or take part in a boot camp, there are tons of activities you can do inside as part of your workout routine.
You can still get an effective aerobic workout indoors, without having to tear up the outdoor terrain. A comfortable setting means a clear mind and a happy body.
If you are looking for a fast way to burn fat and torch some calories, racquetball is a great option. This sport is a fantastic way to switch up your cardio workout–so step off the treadmill and give it a try. Unlike the usual cardio machine workout, you reap the benefits of using every muscle in your body and by constantly moving from side to side and up and down the court. You never know which wall the ball will bounce, so quick shuffling and sprints are your new cardio workout.
Indoor Boot Camp
Many boot camps take place outdoors, using your surroundings as the gym floor. However during winter, boot camps may be too cold to do outside. Head indoors and try a boot camp class to burn tons of calories. The benefits of boot camp are astounding and it’s one of the best ways to burn fat and lose weight. The intervals between strength training and cardio exercises can have you burning up to 600 calories in a one-hour session. You’re not only getting in your aerobic workout, but you also build muscles with weights. Plus, working out in a class environment is a great way to stay motivated because everyone is there for a common goal.
Indoor Rock Climbing
No matter your fitness level; reap all the benefits with indoor rock climbing. Rock climbing increases your physical fitness, while challenging and improving your problem solving skills and trust in others. You’re engaging and challenging your bodies’ strength, coordination, endurance and balance. Not only is rock climbing a great workout, but it’s also a fun and exciting experience; especially if you’ve never done it before. Grab some friends and turn your lazy Sunday into a full-fledged workout.
Indoor cycling popped up in the 90s and has become one of the hottest workouts. Indoor cycling challenges your body and your mental strength. The initiative is to keep going, even when you’re body is screaming at you to stop, but then you keep pushing yourself. That’s why it’s so effective. Indoor cycling is also a fun way to switch up your normal routine and keep your sessions indoors. You’re surrounded by others with energetic music, which gets you into the groove to bike your way through whatever fantasy location you have on your mind. Indoor cycling is for individuals of all ages and fitness levels. Plus you can go at whatever pace you feel is appropriate for yourself. In a one-hour session, you can burn up to 700 calories. Ride your way to a healthier and leaner you.
Create Your Own Routine
If you don’t feel up to leaving the comfort of your own home, then this option is for you. Create a personalized at-home workout. It’s easy and just as effective as taking up a class or heading outside. Grab a jump rope, some weights and get moving.
- Jump Rope: 30 seconds, six times
- Pushups: three sets of 10 to 15 reps
- Tricep Dips: three sets of 15
- Regular Crunches: three sets of 25
- Bicycle Crunches: three sets of 30; 15 each leg
- Plank: three sets of 60 seconds
- Lunges With Dumbbells: three sets; 15 each leg
- Squats With Dumbbells: three sets; 15 reps
- Bicep Curls: three sets of 15
- Overhead Press: three sets of 15
Alana Michelle Brager is a fitness and fashion enthusiast who shares her healthy and fashion forward fitness tips on her blog, “A Fashionably Fit Lifestyle”. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California and writes for the websites MyDailyFind.com and Life2PointOh.com