Okay, we’ve been lucky.
I train people at Cedar Creek Park and we’ve been able to continue up until this last week. I did squeak out Thursday, even though it was foggy, it was warm with no breeze. But Friday came and now we’re back to the cold bitter weather.
The wind and cold kill outdoor exercise. So now what do we do? The holidays approaching and that means food, food, and more food. How can we maintain and not gain? No more walks in the park, so we have to take it indoors. Now if we belong to a gym, no problem. But what do we do if we don’t have a gym membership?
We need to find a space in the house. A basement would be perfect, but if we don’t have one, any room should do. You don’t need much space to workout.
What else do we need?
We’ll keep it simple. We could use a jump rope, small weights, yoga mat, rubber band, flex ball and some work out DVDs. A combination of cardio, pilates and yoga and body sculpting DVDs would be a perfect mix. If you have a friend or kids who want to workout, try to do it together. Misery loves company, so the buddy system works. Push each other. Get a good mix of music to listen to as you workout. Music will motivate you!
Here’s an example of a home workout – you could start off with jumping rope, jumping jacks or running up and down stairs (if you have them) for 10 minute bursts. Then do 20 squats, 20 lunges each leg, get down do 20 push-ups, turnover and do 20 sit-ups. Do all these three times and you’ve got a good workout during your winter hibernation period that I spoke about in my last article.
If you want to have a little more variety, use some of the work out DVDs to switch it up. The Tae Bo kickbox series and the Biggest Loser body sculpt DVDs are all some good to give you more ideas on how to workout at home. Then if we get some of those rare warm winter days, it’s a plus. We just take it outside even if only for a day. We will be rejuvenated enough to continue until we thaw out.
Let’s try to have a healthy hibernation this winter so that we will have a head start for a more successful spring season of diet and exercise!