Indoor Workouts to Combat the Winter Blues
It doesn’t take a fan of the HBO series Game of Thrones to realize that Winter Is Coming.Â It’s a difficult time of year to maintain or start an exercise regimen in the Midwest, even for the hardiestÂ of fitness buffs; the cold wind nips at your nose, your muscles and joints feel stiff, and all you want is aÂ heaping plate of comfort food. But the Starks wouldn’t have been able to hold Winterfell if they let theirÂ bodies hibernate during the winter. Throw that blanket off, get off the couch, and try some of these winter-Â ready options to keep you going until the weather clears!
Treadmill – It might not be the ideal option for avid runners, butÂ it’s better than not running! Not a runner? Try dialing up theÂ incline while you walk for a better calorie burn.
Elliptical – If a treadmill is not your thing, try the elliptical; it’s gotÂ the movement of the treadmill without all the impact.
Ice/Roller Skating -Â Whether you’re trying to channel your innerÂ Janet Lynn or just looking for a relaxed free skate, you’ve got aÂ variety of options in the 815.
Yoga – Once marginalized, more and more people have come toÂ love yoga for its flexibility, strength, and mental health benefits.Â Roll out a mat and get moving!
Group Training – Find your strength in numbers! Group trainingÂ classes offer cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility benefitsÂ along with the moral support of your classmates.
Kettlebell – Not just for old-timey photos of strongmen anymore, swinging a kettlebell is a great way to improve mobilityÂ and strength.
Rowing – Rowing offers a great cardiovascular workout thatÂ engages the upper body much more than the usual cardioÂ exercise subjects.
Spinning – Want to burn a bucket-load of calories without takingÂ a pounding on your joints? Get in a spin class and start traveling without a passport!
MMA Training – Whether it’s boxing, kickboxing, or mixedÂ martial arts, the fighters are always in great shape. Try some ofÂ their training secrets!
Dance Classes – Zumba, hip hop, and ballroom dancing are allÂ great ways to burn some calories while improving coordination.Â Grab some friends and bust a move!
Body Resistance Exercises – There are just some days you’reÂ not going to want to leave the house this winter. Try someÂ push-ups, bodyweight squats, and some core work so yourÂ body keeps moving.