Winter weather is quickly approaching. Lack of daylight, energy and motivation prevent most of us from exercising. Whatever the excuse might be, we all have an excuse to exercise less during the winter season. This year we want to help you kick the excuses to the curb to become and stay your healthiest self. Our team of wellness experts have rounded up a list of our 7 favorite winter workouts to help you get the motivation you need to stay healthy this winter.
Spin It – The idea of riding a bicycle out in the cold and getting a cold whiplash across your face does not sound appealing to many. We suggest joining a spin class. Indoor cycling can help you burn up to 1000 of calories per hour while keeping your bones strong. Try interval-based spinning which is guaranteed to strengthen thighs, butt, calves and even your core. Helmet is not necessary.
Swim it – Winter or not, it’s never too late to find your swimsuit. Your gym or community center’s indoor pool are ideal locations to get solid swims during the cold months. This low-impact workout lets you exercise longer without the excess muscle strain. Experts says that swimming can even beat yoga when it comes to improvement of your breathing. Leaner physique and an improved mood are an extra bonus associated with swimming.
Climb it – An indoor rock climbing wall that is. This powerful cardio workout can help you drastically increase your heart rate and burn up to 650-700 calories per hour. Rock climbing not only works the arms, legs, and shoulders but it also improves your mental strength. If you don’t have access to an indoor rock climbing wall, you can try a nearby hike – preferably with some resistance and solid elevation.
Skate it – If you thought ice skiing was only for kids you were wrong. Not only that it’s fun, but ice skating helps tone the legs, core and butt while stabilizing muscles associated with balance and coordination. Burn anywhere from 500-1000 calories per hour depending on your speed and intensity.
Push It – No gym, no worries. Traditional push-up exercises have been around for centuries. Pushups can help increase functional strength via full body activation while providing adequate stretching for health and vitality of the muscles. As you lower yourself to the floor, your back muscles are effectively stretched and as you push up to your starting position even your biceps obtain a full stretch. Pushups can also help increase flexibility, prevent injuries and enhance the appearance of your muscle definition.
Punch it – Punching or working a heavy bag can help you shed tremendous weight this winter. A 1 hour long boxing workout can help you burn anywhere from 500-1000 calories. All that is required is a pair of gloves and a boxing bog. If you have no boxing bag or access to the gym, try “punching the air” movements where you pretend to be punching a bag even if there is no physical bag there. Mimicking the real bag punching scenario can help you increase focus, mental strength and lose a good deal of calories at the same time.
Zen it – Yoga provides a great workout for the body and mind together. Yoga can help reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue while helping you improve strength and flexibility through a variety of poses. It is an ideal winter activity and does not require a gym. All you need is a yoga mat, a cup of hot tea and 30 minutes of your time. Preferably a quiet location to relax your mind.