When winter hits who wants to go outside and workout? There may be the occasional fitness nut who enjoys working out in the snow and sleet, but I would bet that the majority of the population doesn’t enjoy trying to get fit in those conditions. Don’t let the weather be your excuse for not continuing your fitness routine. There are plenty of great exercises that you can do in the warm confines of your basement, living room, garage, or bedroom. Here are 10 different exercises that can all be done indoors this winter.
Kettlebell Workout – Kettlebells are weights that have a handle attached to them. You have probably seen them at Walmart, Dick’s, or your local mall. Kettlebells come in the fixed weight and adjustable weight models. Most kettlebells come with a workout manual and if you want more exercises you can always head over to Youtube.
Push ups – Push ups are a great exercise to do, but to make sure you have an effective workout I would suggest getting a push up counter. Perfect Push Up has an excellent push up counter that will make sure you are getting the most out of your workout. You can get this item as low as $7 at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
P90X – In 90 days you could have the body of your dreams. This excellent dvd set by Beach Body is just what you need to work out with. All you have to do is follow along with the tapes and books, work out hard, and eat smart.
5 Minute Abs – What can you do in 5 minutes? A lot! In that short span you can do 10 different abdominal and core exercises and get a killer workout. All you need is an egg timer and 10 of your favorite abs/ core exercises. Just write them down and switch exercises every 30 seconds.
Jump Rope – Jumping rope is one of the best exercises that you can do indoors. It requires minimal equipment and you can get a great cardio workout with it.
Circuit Training – Circuit training is an excellent indoor workout to do during winter. It requires minimal equipment and can be great for cardio or strength building. All you need is a timer and 6-8 different exercises. Perform each exercise for a minute and them move on to the next. Once you have finished all the exercises take a break and begin again. If you are unfamiliar with circuit training then make sure to do a bit of research,
Heavy Bag – A free standing or traditional heavy bag is a great piece of equipment that can help you burn off some calories and relieve some stress this winter. Grab a timer and get to work. You can hit the bag, kick it, or use it for conditioning workouts by carrying it or tossing it around.
Exercise Bike or Elliptical Machine – If you have an exercise bike or elliptical machine sitting around in your garage then you need to dust it off this winter. These pieces of equipment are excellent ways to get your cardio in.
Free weights – Free weights are great to work out with and can be done almost anywhere. The equipment is quite inexpensive and versatile. If you haven’t used weights before then make sure to do a bit of research first.
Aerobics Tapes – I cannot tell you how much I enjoy aerobics tapes. There are tons available on the market from Taebo to Crunch less Abs. All you have to do is get one, pop it in, and just stick to it. Once you find one you like stick with it. If you get bored then just pop in a new tape. Working out has never been so simple.