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Written By Danielle Gymorie Cert. PT

It’s easy to slack off on your exercise routine during these winter months.  The cold, wet weather makes it hard to find motivation when you’re snuggled on the couch with your favorite blanket.  That, along with the holiday’s keeping you plenty busy; it is easy to get off track.  Regardless of how chilly it may be or how many errands you need to run, exercise is an important factor in living a healthy lifestyle, so we need to power through.  Here are a few winter workouts you may want to try out this season.

  1. Commercial quickie

No need to get dressed and head to the gym for this simple workout.  Try this set of moves during a commercial break:

  • 15 Squats
  • 15 push-ups
  • 15 crunches
  • 15 seconds of high knees

Repeat this circuit throughout the commercials until your show comes back on.  By the time it is finished, you’ll have gotten a pretty good workout in!

  1. Treadmill

If you usually run outside, your routine may be compromised due to the winter weather.  Either head to the gym or hop on your treadmill at home!  Although it is not as exciting as running outdoors, there are tons of workout routines online that use different speeds and inclines to keep you working up a sweat.

  1. Ride it Out

Since the idea of feeling the cold numb your face or wiping out on black ice while bike riding probably doesn’t sound appealing, a spin class might be the right fit for you.  An intense indoor cycling class can burn hundreds of calories and also keep the bones strong.  Interval-based rides will also help strengthen the glutes, thighs, calves, and the core!  No helmet necessary.

  1. Hit a Wall

An indoor rock climbing wall that is!  Although this is a non-traditional cardio workout, it also helps exercise your mental strength.  The physical strength is a given, scaling indoor walls will increase your heart rate and burn up to 650 calories per hour.  It not only works the arm muscles, but also activates the legs, back, and shoulders.  Cue the bragging rights when you hit the top!

Don’t put off your exercise regime any longer!  Be sure to set some goals and remind yourself that you are setting these goals so you can make your health and well-being a priority.

For more winter workout ideas, contact us at info@prescription-fitness.com

or call 440-552-6729 to set up your free Health Risk Assessment appointment.

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