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Moving your outdoor workout, indoors

01-13-2017

Moving your outdoor workout, indoors

With a fresh year comes new goals, and one of the most common goals to get healthy and active. It’s easy to stay motivated the first few weeks, but as temperatures start to drop,your workout options may seem limited—and some days it can be tough to even get out of the house. Here are five workouts you can do (many in the comfort of your own home) to avoid the cold and stay active all winter long.

Practice yoga

Yoga will not only tone and stretch your muscles, but it also helps to keep you relaxed and focused, serving as the perfect start or end to any day. If you’re new to yoga, try taking a few classes so that an instructor can demonstrate proper alignment in the poses. If you like the structure of a class—keep going. If not, try doing your own yoga routine at home. It doesn’t require much space, and the only thing you need is a yoga mat (and even that is optional).

Take the stairs

An easy way to sneak more activity into your day is to make small changes, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator. If you want to take it a step further, try incorporating the stairs in your home into your workout routine, even if that includes going up and down them several times. Stairs are an excellent method to get your heart rate up and tone your legs. If you don’t have stairs in your home, consider investing in a workout block.

Create your own exercise routine

The Internethas a wealth of exercise routines that range from cardio to sculpting to stretching. First, figure out your goal.It can be as ambitious asgetting rid of thoselove handles or as specific as not being winded after two flights of stairs. Then, do some research to determine a plan for achievingyour goal. It can be an easy,ten-minute crunch, push- up or squat routine or jumping jacks and running in place. If you like a certain TV show or album, chances are someone has made a workout that goes with it and if they haven’t, try making your own.

Take a cycle class

Cycle classes have been a popular trend over the past several years, and there’s a good reason for it. Cycling is a great way to get your heart rate pumping, while also toning your core, arms and legs. The classes encourage friendly competition to keep you motivated while still having fun. Look for classes at your local gym or cycling club. It’s as easy as riding a bike, right?

Dust off the equipment

Remember that old treadmill you inherited from your parents? Or the rowing machine that was such a good deal you couldn’t pass it up? Maybe you had every intention of using it everyday,but overtime, it has turned into a clothing rack or storage for boxes of clothes that no longer fit. Now is the perfect time to put that old exercise equipment back to work. Start with small goals, like using it three times a week. If you never inherited or purchased workout equipment, consider investing in some. They’re pretty easy to find secondhand, or you can purchaseequipment with a smaller price tag, such as hand weights or an exercise ball.

Working out doesn’t have to be a drag, and it shouldn’t make you miserable. There’s no wrong way to get active, so take the new year as an opportunity to find an exercise you love and stick to it.