5 Indoor Workouts to Try This Winter
By Ali Struhs
Baby, it’s cold outside––too cold for jogging, biking, hiking, and any of your favorite outdoor workouts. But don’t give up on your exercise routine. This winter, just take your workout indoors! We promise you won’t even have to step foot on a treadmill with these five indoor workouts that will have you sweating in an hour or less.
When the elliptical and circuit training machines just won’t cut it, try Bikram or “hot yoga.” Yogis perform stretches and strengthening positions in a room that is kept warm – really warm. In a room where the temperature is over 100 degrees, this is a workout that is guaranteed to make you sweat. Some of the benefits of doing hot yoga include increased flexibility, body detoxifying, and reduced stress.
Keep challenging yourself and join Curves. Their 30-minute classes target core strength, balance, and flexibility. With several different classes to choose from you can tone your whole body, while dancing, balancing, and stretching between circuit machines. Bonus: a coach will help you during each workout to perform the exercises effectively with the best and safest form. It’s like having a personal trainer!
Skip the treadmill the next time you need a good cardio workout. Some type of cardio kickboxing class is offered at nearly every gym, and there’s a reason why it’s so popular. The combination of jabs and kicks that are choreographed to upbeat music is not only fun, but a great workout, too. This high-intensity aerobic exercise keeps your heart rate up and can burn up to 350-450 calories per hour.
Pull out your swimsuit that is stashed in the corner of your dresser drawer and get to the indoor pool! While you probably won’t notice yourself sweating, swimming laps is an awesome low-impact, but high-intensity workout. Because it’s easier on your body, you’ll be able to workout longer, burning up to 250 calories in only 30 minutes of swimming laps. The resistance from the water also tones your muscles, so be sure to try a water aerobics class, too.
The last time you stood at a ballet barre you were either a young girl, or you were trying to help your own daughter at dance class. Revisit the barre for a fitness class that will have you burning calories (i.e. sweating) and lengthening and strengthening the muscles in your body. Barre classes combine dance moves, yoga, and pilates to target muscle groups and increase balance and flexibility. Never touched a ballet barre before? Don’t worry, no proper dance experience is required.