7 Ways to Exercise This Winter

Is the weather outside getting frightful? Don’t let that stop you from reaching your fitness goals! Even if snow and ice make your usual routine a challenge (or even impossible), there are still ways to get fit and have fun! Consider these options to help you fit in a workout any time of the year:

Try out a new sport. Even if it’s snowy where you live, you can still get outside to exercise: try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, which can both be incredible cardio workouts. Even common snow-day activities can give you a big fitness boost. Just leave your snow blower in the garage and use an old-fashioned shovel to clear the snow, or head out to the nearest sledding hill for some fitness-friendly fun—that climb back up the hill after each run will be a real workout!

Find an interesting class or club. Whether you’ve always wanted to try out belly dancing or you’re interested in playing soccer, odds are you can find an easy way to get fit and learn something new. Many exercise studios and community recreation centers offer affordable classes or clubs where you can explore a new or old passion. See if you can convince a friend to join with you!

Give exercise DVDs a chance. You don’t need to leave your house to get a good workout—just grab your favorite fitness DVD! Give my latest DVD, Fat Burning Walk, a try – it’s perfect for those days when you want to stretch your legs, but can’t get outside! It’s a complete 30-minute walking workout with more than 4,200 steps, plus a 10-minute ab slimmer! You can even borrow DVDs from your local library, so you can always have a fresh workout to keep things challenging. Switch it up!

Invest in new gear. Treat yourself to some new fitness gear you can use come rain or shine. First, I would purchase a set of free weights, either two or three pounds. A lot of my exercises use dumbbells because they’re one of the best tools out there to help you tone and strengthen. An exercise ball and a jump rope are good low-cost additions to your home gym as well. If you have the budget, you can also splurge on a treadmill or exercise bike—or even buy a simple setup that transforms your own bike into a stationary bike for in-home workouts. The possibilities are endless once you start thinking about them! Remember, fitness equipment doesn’t have to be expensive. All of my Forever Fit! products are reasonably priced so you don’t have to break the bank to get fit!

Hit the mall. Your wallet isn’t the only thing that can get a good workout at the mall! If you’re a big walker, bring your fitness routine to your favorite shopping center, where the weather’s always nice inside. You won’t get those challenging hills to climb, but you will get plenty of pre-holiday shopping ideas! Instead of taking the escalator or elevator, use the stairs to go from floor to floor – if there aren’t a lot of people walking around, see how fast you can do them!

Sneak in some fitness. You can still stay active, even if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Circuit train at home by running up and down your stairs for a minute, followed by a few bicep curls using weights or cans of tomatoes then do it over again. Vow to take the stairs at the office, and park your car in the furthest spot in the parking garage. Anything you can do that doesn’t involve sitting on your couch will bring you one step closer to meeting all of your fitness goals!

Brave the weather. Who says you can’t go for your usual run or walk in the snow? Just make sure that you’re dressed appropriately for the season—layers are good so you can remove a few if you become overheated, and snow-friendly shoes are an absolute must. The fresh air can help invigorate you—and stave off that mid-winter cabin fever!

Written for Rite Aid by DeniseAustin.com

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