During the warm summer months, nothing is as enjoyable as an outdoor run in the sunshine, taking a dip in the local pool or rolling out your yoga mat in your favorite local park. But when that Winter wind starts blowing and temperatures drop, we have to get creative and intentional about indoor workouts to get us through the cold months. Depending on where you live in the world, you may still have a bit of time left for outdoor workouts before it’s too cold. But for those of you who are ready to start your indoor workouts, let’s go over some ideas!
If you don’t want to commit to a gym membership, or you simply prefer working out at home as opposed to a gym, then you can always use your own home as a private fitness studio. There are plenty of HIIT workouts available on the internet that only require little time and little space. You could get away with working out a couple of times a week with sessions of 15 to 30 minutes. This is perfect when you are short on time but still want to see results.
Hit up the gym
For those of you who do live near a gym and prefer that atmosphere, it might be wise to get a gym membership for this part of the year. In the gym, the temperature is always right, you can replace running outside with running on a treadmill, take a yoga class, or you could work on your strength training. There are a lot of possibilities in the gym, and you can constantly switch up your workout without getting bored.
Visit the local indoor pool
If there is an indoor pool near where you live, you may want to pay it some visits in the colder months to come. Swimming is easy on the joints while still working your muscles and raising your heart rate. So, if your knees are sore from hitting the pavement one too many times, then swimming can be great to still be in good shape with a well-rested body when spring rolls around again.
Use YouTube to your advantage
One of my favorite things about YouTube is the availability of free workouts. You can find pretty much any workout on YouTube -- yoga, Pilates, dance routine exercises, etc. It's a limitless option, so you're sure to find a workout that suits you!
Work on picking one of these options and sticking with it. The weather doesn't have to undermine your fitness habits -- it's usually as simple as making a small adjustment. I like to get up early in the morning...my magic morning routine. I drive my kid to school and on the way home, stop in at the gym. I'm up and out anyways. It's not like I was making a special trip. And on days when I know I'm just not going anywhere, those are the days that I like to clean the house...turn the music up loud and dance my way to a clean house. Also laundry, up and down the stairs several times a day is very helpful for those glutes!
What is your favourite at-home workout routine to do? Tell me, I'm always looking for new ideas!
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Wendy Humphris, ROHP
I’m a holistic nutritionist and I transform health for a living.