The evenings are getting noticeably darker, there is a chill in the air, and not many of us are too keen to get outside and exercise. This could be due to you going through runners knee recovery after tackling half-marathons the last few months, or you maybe just not enjoy getting wet and being cold.
It is hard to find motivation during this time of year, but there are plenty of other workouts you can try, with the benefit of staying nice and dry! We have picked five of the best workouts to try this winter.
Exercise videos are perfect for those who don’t have a lot of time but still want to work out. There are so many different videos out there for whatever kind of workout you require, so you can mix it up every workout. The beauty of working out at home is that it is extremely convenient and you don’t have to brave the cold outside.
You may already be a yoga enthusiast, or it may not have even crossed your mind. There are plenty of ways to do a yoga workout such as using an app on your phone or even finding a local yoga class.
Yoga isn’t just good for your mind, but for your body as well. Yoga can increase your flexibility, this doesn’t happen immediately, but after you have stuck with it, you will notice gradual loosening and even the most seemingly impossible poses will become possible. Yoga can also help build up your muscles, and your body will become more toned. However, strong muscles do more than looking good, as they can also protect us from conditions like arthritis and back pain.
Boxercise is an up and coming exercise class which you may have heard of before. It is a type of workout that uses boxing movements incorporated with other types of workouts to create a fun and exciting combo. Boxercise is the perfect way to let off some steam, but there are also some great benefits. Like any workout, if done consistently it can help you build muscle and improve your muscle tone.
Indoor Rock Climbing
For something a little bit different, indoor rock climbing can be a fantastic way to keep fit over the winter months. When indoor rock climbing, you will not even realise that you are exercising. During a single session of rock climbing, your body will go through several physical tests which include, boosting your heart rate, building muscles and developing stamina. Upper body strength is required for rock climbing as it will help you to pull yourself up, but the legs also play a huge part as these are the core muscles you will use for balance.
If you decide to indoor rock climb three times a week, you will be surprised how quickly your body will change. As it requires several different muscles to be used together during the workout. Abs, obliques, delts, traps, biceps, lats, quads, calves and even your forearm muscles are used to help strengthen a climber’s grip. Virtually all major muscles groups are incorporated into one single rock climbing session!
Pilates is a blend of different types of exercises like yoga and ballet; it was initially designed to help people recover from injuries. While many people do use it after an injury, doing pilates regularly will have some pretty dramatic and positive effects on your body. As you correct posture, you will find you put less pressure on your joints such as your knees and hips. You’re also less likely to suffer a strain or injury. You’ll also look better – taller, leaner and more confident.
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