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Indoor Workout Ideas for When It’s Too Cold to Go Outside

Guest Blog by Jason Lewis of Strong Well

Exercising is an important part of our weekly routine. According to Statistic Brain, 49.6% of American exercise 30 minutes three days per week. But what can you do when it’s too cold to go outdoors for a workout? It may take a little adjusting, but here’s how you can go about working out indoors.

  1. SET ASIDE SOME SPACE FOR A HOME GYM

No, this doesn’t mean converting your entire basement into a home gym. One spare room will do. If it’s a small room, then choose your workout equipment wisely. A pair of dumbbells should be at the top of your list, followed by a weight bench. If you’re into yoga, a yoga mat is a necessity (you may think yoga mats are all the same, but they aren’t). Other items you may add include a stationary bike, treadmill, Bosu balance trainer (there are clips online showing the proper way to use them), and adaptable resistance bands.

It’s no secret that a good workout can be achieved with little or no equipment at all. Basic push-ups, sit-ups, and jumping jacks will do. But the Bosu balance trainer and adaptable resistance bands make it more fun, and fun is important; otherwise workouts can seem more like a chore.

 

Try adding some art or inspirational posters on the walls to cheer up the space and dreary feeling of winter.

  1. GET INTO AN INDOOR ROUTINE

If you’re accustomed to jumping out of bed every morning and running a mile or so in good weather, it may be quite a culture shock when winter snow hits and you have to find a way to work out indoors. The key is to be adaptable. Don’t give up on fitness just because it’s cold and icy outside. There are a lot of ways to work out. Find a routine that works for you, and stay with it until the snow melts and you can go exercise outside again.

Running on a treadmill isn’t exactly the same as running around the block, but it’s a good substitute if you absolutely love to run. Some treadmills are more expensive than others, so if it’s going to be used for only a few winter months, you may want to purchase one on the cheaper side. The same goes for biking. If you like to bike in your neighborhood every day but can’t because of the snow and ice, invest in a stationary bike.

  1. DON’T FORGET TO EAT LOW-CAL

Since most people are a little less active in the winter than they are in the summer, it’s important to remember to eat low-calorie foods in the winter. But this doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself. Eating a high-protein, low-carb diet will provide the energy you need for your workouts and will help keep the weight off till winter passes and you can be more active.

Keep bottles of water and low-cal snacks in your workout room. A small fridge is a good idea, if you have the space. Some low-cal snacks that pack a lot of nutrition include fresh fruit, nuts, popcorn, granola bars, trail mix, cheese, peanut butter, soups (preferably some type of veg soup), and hard-boiled eggs. When working out, think protein and lots of water. Water keeps you hydrated and aids in digestion. It also keeps your skin moisturized during dry winter weather.

Cold winter weather can be a challenge to anyone used to their warm-weather routine, but with a little planning and openness to temporary alternatives, a great winter workout routine indoors can be exhilarating.

Photo credit Pixabay

 

 

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