We get it, winter weather makes it difficult to exercise. Fear not! Check out these 5 easy ways to get exercise when the weather is dreary:
1. Try out a home exercise video
When it’s rainy or cold out, sometimes even getting to the gym can be a challenge. Why not try an exercise video? There are free videos on Youtube for all fitness levels. Plus, this can be a fun, no-strings attached way to try out a new type of exercise!
2. Walk indoors at the mall
Malls and indoor shopping centers can be used for more than just shopping. Pick up extra steps by doing a few laps around the mall or get in a quick stair workout for cardio and muscle toning. Just make sure to get there early to beat the crowds!
3. Do a stair workout
If you have access to a staircase at home or at work, you can get in a quick, quality workout. To prevent injuries, remember to include a warmup and slowly increase the workout intensity overtime if you are a beginner.
4. Take an exercise class with a friend
Staying motivated to exercise in the winter can be challenging to do alone. Why not grab a friend and take an exercise class? Most community centers offer free or low cost classes, and most gyms offer your first class free. Plus, a friend can help keep you stay accountable and on track with your fitness goals!
5. Embrace the bad weather
Sometimes the best way to beat bad weather is to embrace it! Bundle up and try a new activity such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, winter hiking, ice skating, or even walking in the rain fully suited up!
Note: Always check with your doctor before making changes to your exercise or activity routine.
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