When it grows colder outside and snow begins to fall, it can become difficult to convince yourself to workout. Why would you want to go for a jog when it’s under 30° and windy? Plus, with the overabundance of excuses to indulge during the holiday season, taking a few months of exercising off can set you back significantly.
You don’t have to just grit your teeth and bare the cold, though. There are plenty of ways that you can keep fit this winter, starting with…
Home Video Workouts and YouTube Channels
When Jane Fonda’s Workout was released in 1982, it created a cultural storm that continues to this day. The at-home workout market has continued to grow, adding new stars like Richard Simmons and Denise Austin. Whether you’re dusting off your favorite VHS or popping a DVD into the player, at-home workouts are great for when the weather isn’t. These guided exercise routines are especially useful if you’re new to working out.
The internet has given rise to a new kind of workout video, the YouTube fitness channel!
The internet has given rise to a new kind of workout video, the YouTube fitness channel. The channels are free to view and offer hundreds of routines that you can follow along. They vary in difficulty, from beginner to intense, and type. Some channels even include videos on healthy eating and diet. Whether you’re trying some old favorites or a new routine, you can exercise in the comfort of your own living room.
Joining a Gym with a Pool
If your gym has a pool, throw on your bathing suit and do a couple of laps.
If you’re looking to get out of the house and the roads are clear, try joining a gym this winter. Many gyms will offer deals during the winter to encourage new members. They are especially prevalent in January when many are looking to live up to their New Year’s resolutions. Many gyms will also offer a free trial so you can try out their equipment and classes.
Check to see if there’s a gym in your area that has a pool. Swimming is one of the best exercises for seniors for a variety of reasons. It works out your entire body and is great for your heart and lungs, all while being kind to your joints. If your gym has a pool, throw on your bathing suit and do a couple of laps.
Mall walking is incredibly popular, and it makes sense when you think about it. Malls protect walkers from the weather and are often laid out to be easily walkable. Between the food courts or movie theaters, you can spend plenty of time walking around the mall. Many malls even have programs or walking clubs, which can add a communal aspect to mall walking. You can find what malls near you are great for walking. Mall walking is both convenient and safe, making it perfect for poor-weather workouts.
Bundle Up and Take the Dog for a Walk
Dogs are the best influences on their owners when it comes to exercise.
Dog owners will know the struggle of taking your dog out on frigid nights in the dead of winter. This doesn’t have to be all bad, however. Dogs are the best influences on their owners when it comes to exercise. Studies have shown that dog owners are more active than non-owners, and are more likely to be active during bad weather. Others show that dog owners walk an additional 2,760 steps a day. Owners tend to see exercise as a responsibility to the dog instead of working out.
If you are taking Fido out for a walk, make sure you’re dressed for it. Hypothermia is a real danger if you’re not dressed warmly enough.
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Winter doesn’t have to mean your workout routine needs to end. Instead, it’s a great time to try something a little different. Pick out your new favorite workout video or try a free trial at your local gym! You can even take your dog out for a stroll and enjoy the holiday decorations. Don’t let the cold weather discourage you from living healthier!