What do you do when there’s no sun and it’s just too cold to go outside for a run? Do you hibernate or plod along? Truth is, along with the chilly air, your desire to exercise can also grow cold during the winter. Cold weather can make you feel sluggish and lazy and you can lose your motivation to exercise. But don’t let the cold weather ruin your fitness goals. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite calorie-busting exercises that you can do indoors.
- Go for a spin
If you don’t like the feeling of cold wind on your face while you bike outside, a spinning class might just be perfect for you. These high-energy and intense cycling classes can burn about 700 calories in an hour and even has interval sets to target your buns, thighs, calves, and core. You don’t even need to wear a helmet. So, park your bike for the meantime and try a spin class.
- Climb a wall
Go vertical and try indoor rock climbing! Indoor rock climbing can get your mind and whole body in shape. When climbing a wall, you use your arms and upper body to pull yourself up and grab the next peg while you use your legs to thrust your body higher. While doing all these, you also engage your core muscles to support both your arms and legs. Indoor rock climbing can also sharpen your problem-solving skills as you figure out where to place your hands and feet as you climb. Lastly, rock climbing can make you feel great by giving you a feeling of accomplishment.
- Try Burpees
If you’re looking for an exercise that you can do virtually anywhere, Burpees is it. Burpees do not require any equipment or any special outfit. All it requires is stamina and a never-give-up attitude. Burpees combine push-ups and squat jumps in one intense activity and it’s not for the faint of heart. You begin by crouching on the floor with your hands in front of you. Quickly push your feet back and bend your arms so you’ll be in a push-up position. Do one push-up and swiftly bring your feet back under you, then quickly jump as high and land in the squat position. Repeat this routine as many times as you can.
- Box the cold away
Boxing combines cardio and strength training in one workout. It also improves your balance, coordination, agility, and reactivity. A few rounds in the ring can also engage your core. In boxing, the power of a punch doesn’t come from the arms and the shoulders alone, it also comes from the core. When you box, your body needs to move in unison and that movement is coordinated by your core muscles.
The cold weather may give you plenty of reasons to snuggle up and be lazy, but don’t let them stop you from exercising. Get creative and consider these interesting suggestions to stay active.