Indoor Winter Workout Tips

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From season to season our workouts and activities can change.  Winter has brutally hit some of us, and sometimes that means we lose the desire to work out.  Some of us will be confined to our couches, snuggies, and hot cocoa, while others will still seek to find their adrenaline rush in the coldest of days.  But below are some great ideas that you can do in your own home without having to weather the winter storms!

1)     Eliiptical/Treadmill
If winter happens to have hit in your area, going to the gym can be frustrating because most of them are packed and you have to wait in line to use the treadmills or ellipticals.  Running on your own exercise equipment is quite simple and you can even multi-task.  While running or walking; read a book or study for a test.  If those activities don’t tickle your fancy listen to your ipod, watch your favorite soap opera, the news, or sports whatever your interest is.  As you start to get in more shape run for longer, and increase the resistance or incline.

 
2)    Workout DVDS
If you are a busy working mom (or dad I suppose!), pick two nights a week to get together with a few friends.  Discuss between the few of you what kind of workout video you would be most interested in.  Go out a buy the DVD and start motivating each other to get a great workout in!  After you’ve gotten a good sweat in don’t forget to eat a healthy meal.  In the winter we tend to snack a lot more, and not eat as healthy.  Remember the key to staying in great shape is to still be eating the right foods.    
The trick is eating healthy thru these winter months, holiday season is around the corner and we know we won’t stick to the “diet” regiment but who cares.  Start cooking more and finding healthy recipes.  More comfortable to stay home then venture out into the cold weather


3)    Yoga/Pilates
Take one day a week or if you can’t find the time for that, a few times a month to center yourself.  There are all shorts of resources on yoga; check on the internet, go to the bookstore, buy a dvd, whichever your preference is.  Take some time to balance your life, do some yoga and stretching in your own home, in a quiet room. 


4)    Indoor Spinning
If you already have a stationary bike, or a workout bike then all you need to do is hop on that seat!  If you don’t already have an exercise bike, look into purchasing one, or even turning your mountain bike or road bike into one.   Simply purchase an indoor trainer for your bike, mount it on there and you are ready to begin your own spinning class at home.  A workout of 30 minutes is always a good place to start.


5)     Circuit Training
Circuit training has become more popular in the last few years.  If you are real cramped for time and just don’t have an hour or two to go to the gym, circuits are a great way to keep your body tight and in shape.  It can help your mobility, flexibility, strength and toning of your overall muscles in as short as 5 mins.  You can pick out different circuits to do each day for however long you feel your body needs and can handle.  An average time for any given circuit is 5 to 10 minutes.  Below are some circuit ideas.  Check out the internet for some good routines.

-          Ab Circuit
-          Cardio Circuit
-          Exercise Ball Circuit
-          Resistant Band Circuit
-          Various Circuits

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