With the record-breaking low temperatures and snow falls throughout North America and Europe during the winter of 2010-2011, few people are venturing outdoors and only do so because they must. How has this weather effected your exercise routine? Do your exercise plans get put on hold during cold and dreary months? Don’t let the bad weather blahs beat you! Tone up for spring by trying these activities that bring your workout indoors:
+ Think of your home as a gym. Consider investing in a treadmill, stationary bike, or other exercise machine.
+ Be creative. You don’t necessarily need expensive equipment to get a good aerobic workout at home. Try climbing stairs, jogging in place, or jumping rope.
+ Join an indoor volleyball, basketball, or soccer team.
+ Swim laps or do water aerobics in an indoor pool.
+ Walk briskly around an indoor mall (how the term “Mall Walker” came to be).
+ Be a “domestic athlete”. Cleaning closets, washing windows, and dusting moldings count as exercise… and helps you get started on Spring Cleaning, too!
+ Rent or buy some workout videos.
+ Experiment with different exercise classes, from tai chi to spinning, at a local fitness center.
If you’ve been inactive for a while, start gradually and add a few minutes of physical activity each day. Eventually, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise, to increase your heart rate, five or more days per week. Experts also recommend stretching every day and lifting weights two to three times per week.