In the wintertime, the weather can turn rough. It can be both cold and wet out-of-doors, which is not the ideal environment for exercising. Not only does it make the workouts themselves more difficult, but it can also be very taxing on your health. The last thing that you need when you are making strides to get healthy and get in shape is to come down with a nasty cold or case of the flu.
For this reason, when the colder weather begins, it makes the most sense to move your workouts indoors. In the climate controlled environment to that you can find inside of the building, you will get a fantastic workout without having to fight through inclement weather. In addition, you will find that your overall health and immune system will be strengthened because of the fact that you are not subjecting yourself to extreme swings in temperature or excessive amounts of moisture.
Here are five highly effective – not to mention fun and engaging – exercise regimens that you can implement during the winter so that, when bikini weather rolls around again, your body looks fantastic.
1 – Dance Fitness Classes
There are many kinds of dance fitness classes to choose from, and they are offered at a wide variety of locations, from gyms to dance studios to Parks and Recreation departments of communities. The types of dances that the classes focus on range from Latin to hip-hop to Bollywood, and everything in between. If you are the type of person that loves music – and, moreover, loves moving to music – then dance fitness classes are definitely the way for you to “groove your way fit” throughout the long winter months.
2 – Cardio And Strength Equipment
A classic way to stay in shape is by using cardio equipment. From the old standby of the treadmill, to the rowing machine, to the elliptical, to the stair stepper – there is some kind of machine for every single preference. When you add strength building machines into the mix, then you make sure that you are getting an overall full body workout. The best way to stay in shape, fitness experts agree, is by employing a healthy mix of calorie burning cardio and muscle building strength exercises. At virtually any gym, you can find the wide range of equipment which will enable you to do this regardless of the weather outdoors.
3 – Boot Camp Classes
If you are the kind of person that enjoys a highly regimented type of workout, and especially if you have the kind of personality that needs a strong leader to push you beyond the boundaries of what you thought was possible, then boot camp classes just might be the type of winter workout that will give you the results you are looking for. These types of workouts are great for training every large muscle group and burning a significant amount of calories in a short period of time. That’s exactly the right prescription for a winter malaise!
4 – Working With A Personal Trainer
If you are the type of person for whom even a Boot Camp class does not provide the amount of structure that you need to thrive, then you might want to consider hiring a personal trainer. Although this is one of the pricier options, it is also the option which will likely give you the most drastic results because of the fact that your entire workout regimen will be tailored to you and you alone. Not only that, but through all of the workout sessions that you have alongside your trainer, you will be the sole recipient of all their guidance.
5 – Push-Ups And Planks
If all of the previous four options are out of your budgetary range, then a simple solution to staying in shape throughout the winter months in the comfort of your own home – and for no money at all – is to simply do push-ups and planks. You can do these with no equipment, and no special wardrobe necessary. You don’t even need a map or tennis shoes if you don’t have them! Both push-ups and planks provide a stellar full body workout that will serve you well over the course of the winter.
By resisting the urge to curl up on the couch and “hibernate” in front of the television all winter long, especially with a big bowl of comfort food and mug of hot cocoa in front of you, you will be doing yourself a huge favor in terms of both your health and appearance. These five workouts are so enjoyable, and so effective, that they will have you springing out of bed in the morning despite the dark cold of the winter air.