Winter has finally made its way to North Texas, and you may be tempted to skip your regular workout. Don’t! There are several ways to bring your workout indoors and keep up with fitness goals despite any temperature drops.
Nowadays there are so many choices for a great indoor workout and plenty of great workout routines that can be comfortably done indoors with little to no equipment. I’m excited to bring my workout routine indoors for the winter, and I’ll share a few tips to help keep you warm and in shape.
INDOOR WORKOUTS FOR MOMS
Yoga is great for building strength, helping you sleep better, and boasts many heart-healthy benefits. Yoga is an awesome way to get active while staying warm indoors. A regular yoga routine can provide mental clarity and lead you to a calmer state, which is GREAT for beating the wintertime blues. A good yoga routine consists of 2–5 days of workouts per week lasting just 30 minutes per workout. YouTube is a great resource for finding videos to aid you in getting started. There are also several apps you can download to help track and learn more about yoga and its benefits.
Indoor Cardio Workouts
I enjoy a good cardio workout, and it’s very easy to bring your cardio routine indoors for the winter. All you really need is enough space to move around. I move the couch back and turn my living room into my own workout space. The kids love to get involved, as well.
I’ve been a huge fan of the Leslie Sansone Walk at Home exercise routine, which has several videos available online. Most will have you completing a full mile walk in 20 minutes or less without ever leaving your living room. Her classes are always high energy and tailored to everyone from beginners to experienced regulars. They’re especially great for those working from home, as you can stretch your legs and get a quick workout during your breaks. If you’re looking to get out of the house, I recommend finding an indoor walking track near you. Local community centers and malls are often walker-friendly. Use a smartwatch or fitness tracker to chart your miles and challenge yourself to extend your steps or time each week.
Indoor Strength Training
Strength training is also a great way to get in shape. All you’ll need to get started is a few dumbbells and a clear space to move. Push-ups, pull-ups, squats, and crunches help work your core. Strength training helps build muscles, burn fat, and sculpt particular areas of your body. This is the go-to workout if your goal is to get summertime fine in no time. Aim for 30 minutes per workout, 2-4 times per week. Be sure to use weights you feel comfortable with. If you don’t have weights handy, try lifting a filled water bottle, canned goods, or even books until you achieve your target goal.
Having trouble getting motivated? Grab a friend. With so much great technology like Zoom and FaceTime, it’s easy to involve others in your workout routine. Talk to friends and family about your exercise goals and ask someone to get involved with you. Being accountable is great for keeping up a good routine. Share your goals with someone who can help motivate you when you’re not feeling up to working out. Join a group of friends for a daily or weekly workout session from home. Kids are also great workout partners. Get the whole family involved.
Working out at home has many benefits, both physical and mental. In addition to working your muscles, burning fat, and achieving the look you’re going for, exercise also makes you feel better, which leads to better mental clarity and helps build confidence. Temperature drops don’t mean your workout routine has to suffer, as there is plenty that can be done indoor all winter long. And summer will be here before we know it!