For many of us staying healthy throughout the winter is extremely difficult, the temptation of plentiful winter meals, large amounts of alcohol and the excuses we come up with not to go out in the cold means that we end up eating much more than usual and not burning any of it off.
It’s tough to keep a routine going during the winter as the last thing anyone wants to do is exercise, however finding a few alternative exercises that can be done inside rather than outside can act as great motivational technique for some people. Here are some great ways you can stay fit this winter without having to face the cold outside.
Find a buddy
By grabbing a friend or two and arranging for you to head down to your local sports centre for a game of badminton or tennis, you can have a bit of fun running around, breaking a sweat and getting some of that all-important exercise. The fact that you will be going with other people means you will feel like you can’t let them down, so will make more of an effort to go, and you will probably feel like you are enjoying yourself rather than actually doing a workout.
This can work with larger groups as well, where you can play football, basketball or netball – team spirit can be a great motivator!
Join a class
If you are looking for something a bit more organised why not join a regular class? A dance class, such as Zumba, or a martial arts class could provide you with a new set of skills, help you to find a hobby that you enjoy and also give you the motivation you need to get you out of the house get your blood plumping.
Get in the water
The last thing you probably want to do if the weather is cold is take off more clothes, but swimming is a great way to provide a full body workout without putting too much strain on your joints. Although you are doing a strenuous workout, the water can often feel extremely relaxing and pleasant, especially if it is heated.
If you are lucky enough to have your own swimming pool, it is important that you ensure it is properly looked after with the correct chemicals and cleaning supplies from a reputable company, such as the Swimming Pool Store.
Stick in a DVD
No we don’t mean a movie! There are a number of fitness and workout DVDs available to get you in the mood when you are feeling a bit lethargic after sitting on the sofa all day. The best thing about this is that you don’t have to worry about what you look like, or anyone watching you as you go red in the face; you can carry out the workout from the comfort and privacy of your own home. This also gives you no excuse of not wanting to go outside, especially as you won’t even have to leave your living room.
By taking part in a bit of exercise during the winter no matter how small, you may find that you feel more energised rather than sluggish during the cold weather. So what are you waiting for? Get going!