When it’s cold outside, it is always nice to have indoor workout plans. Lately, here in Texas, we have had days sometimes weeks when we are snowed/iced in. Those cold temperatures can put a damper on any desire to go for a run or a bike ride, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still work out. Here are some indoor workouts that will keep you active and toasty warm and dry too.
Yoga is perfect to maintain your flexibility all year round and you do it comfortably in your home. You don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to get a good yoga workout in. All you need is a mat, and if you don’t have one there is likely a rug or towel in your home that will work just as well. Not sure how to get started with yoga? There are lots of free yoga workout videos on YouTube.
Who says workouts have to be boring? Put on your favorite music playlist and dance your way through a workout. Have kids? They will have a blast joining in and they won’t even recognize that they are exercising, and you might not either!
Let’s face it, housework is no one’s favorite way to spend an afternoon, but it does burn calories so why not kill two birds with one stone? All of that sweeping, dusting, mopping, and scrubbing, are all very effective workouts.
Looking for a full-body workout without having to go to the gym and lacking any exercise equipment at home? Not to worry, you can still get a comprehensive full-body workout at home with bodyweight exercises.
Bodyweight exercises are exercises that use a person’s own body weight to provide resistance against gravity. Bodyweight exercises that you can do at home include squats, planks, crunches, lunges, chair dips, calf raises, and push-ups.
Sometimes you just feel like you need to get your heart rate up and break a sweat, and you can still do that with an indoor workout. If you have an elliptical machine, stationary bicycle, or treadmill you could certainly use those, but if you don’t there are other options for you to work up a good sweat indoors with.
Jogging in place, jumping rope, burpees, walking or running up and down the stairs, and jumping jacks are all great aerobic exercises that you do indoors. Looking for a few more indoor aerobic exercises to add to your fitness routine? Try high knees ( lifting your knees to waist level while standing and returning them to the floor), flutter kicks ( lie on the ground hands under your lower back, lift your legs off the floor and flutter kick as though you were swimming), and plank jacks (start like a push-up and keeping your arms in the same position with your feet together and then “jump” your feet as far to the sides as you can and then bring them back together).
These indoor workouts will help keep you looking and feeling healthy and energized even if it’s too cold to go outside. What are some of your favorite indoor winter workouts to stay in shape and keep you active?