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6 Ways to Exercise Indoors During the Winter

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As the winter cold sets in, you might find your workout routine disrupted by chilly winds or icy conditions. Though it’s tempting to come home and curl up under a blanket, you need to keep moving all winter long. Not only will it help you stay in shape and prepared for spring weather, but it can help fend off colds and flus, burn off that holiday weight and keep you happy and upbeat even when you miss the sunshine. No matter what exercise you enjoy most, you can find indoor alternatives that help you avoid cold weather. Try out the six winter workouts from home below to keep moving in a warm indoor environment. Once you find an activity you enjoy, stick with it for a happier, healthier winter.

Yoga

Yoga provides relaxing physical activity all year long and can easily be done in your bedroom, living room or just about anywhere in the house. You can even use yoga first thing in the morning to wake up slowly and get your body warmed up for the day. If you are new to yoga, try out a beginner level class or explore resources online to learn more about meditation and poses.

If the cold weather really has you down, try out hot yoga at a studio. The studio will be at least 87 degrees, giving you a warm retreat from winter air.

Running Alternatives

If you love cardio, you probably don’t want to give up that runner’s high, but you might not want to venture out into frosty conditions either. During the cold winter months you can get your heart pumping indoors with cardio workouts you can do at home, such as:

  • Climbing stairs
  • Jumping jacks
  • Mountain climbers
  • Burpees
  • Jump rope
  • High knees

Play

Chances are your family and family pets are getting a little stir crazy inside the house, too. Play actively with your kids or pets for another cardiovascular workout option. Whether it is a game of hide and seek or a family dance-off, playing together is a good workout and great fun. Just be sure to secure the breakables and move that coffee table out of the way.

Calisthenics

The military has used calisthenics (or bodyweight exercises) for years to build up strong soldiers. You can do calisthenics in your house easily without purchasing any special equipment. Just perform three or four of these exercises three or four times a week to grow stronger all winter long.

  • Push-ups
  • Crunches
  • Leg lifts
  • Planks
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Chair dips
  • Calf raises

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