Home Work Outs for Winter: How to Keep in Shape When You Can’t Exercise Outside
Exercising in the winter is tough if you live in a northern climate. Starting in October, you’re wearing warmer clothes. In November, it’s almost getting too cold to run outside. By the time December rolls around, snow on the sidewalks can make it almost impossible to jog at all. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to skip your workouts, though; you just have to get a little more creative.
Classic Indoor Cardio Exercises
The most common indoor cardio exercises involve using aerobics machines. This kind of cardio equipment isn’t fancy, exciting or cheap, but it is convenient and effective. A small open space in the basement is all you need for a treadmill, elliptical or recumbent cycle. If you have room in the living room, you can even work out while catching up on your favorite shows.
At Home Exercises for Weight Loss Using Your TV
It’s ironic, isn’t it? The TV, arguably one of the main causes of obesity in our culture, can also be one of its cures. At least if you use it correctly. Today, there are thousands of high-quality exercise videos out there to help you slim down and shape up. Choose from intense cardio, fun dancing and relaxing yoga workouts. Spice up your workout from day to day depending on your mood. You also get the benefit of a knowledgeable instructor right in the comfort of your living room.
The Best Exercise for Weight Loss at Home Might Surprise You
When most people think about exercising to lose weight, they usually think cardio, like running, jump roping and bike riding. What many people don’t realize is that strength training can be one of the best workouts. It’s true that weight lifting with barbells and dumbbells doesn’t burn as many calories as aerobic exercise, but it does help build new lean muscle mass that can do a world of good for you. Strength training can help enhance your resting metabolism so you burn more calories throughout the day, increase your bone density and give you more energy and functional strength.
If you’re new to strength training, start with the basics. Push-ups, pull-ups, crunches, air squats and lunges are body weight exercises that most anyone can do. If you find pull-ups too difficult, try resting one foot on a chair to reduce the difficulty. Eventually, you’ll graduate to using free weights and machines. Most home gyms and stations give you the ability to perform a variety of exercises, so you might need less equipment than you think. Forget fancy machines and stick to the fundamental exercises like squats, deadlifts, rows and presses. Make sure you learn the correct form of each exercise and maintain it throughout the entire movement. Finally, start with a manageable amount of weight or resistance. Don’t let an inflated ego trick you into trying to lift more weight than you can safely handle.
Exercising in winter can be inconvenient, especially if you’re a runner or biker. Look at the bright side, though. By moving indoors, you’re being forced to change up your workout. This added variety will help train different muscles and prevent imbalances: it’s essentially cross-training. Keep this up all winter, and you may find that you’re in better shape than ever when summer returns.
By: Neil Flinchbaugh