If you like to run, swim, and do other things outside to stay in shape, it is hard to do these things when there is a lot of snow on the ground. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep your body in good shape until spring arrives, three of which are listed below.
Take Advantage of Winter
Even though it is cold outside, you can still get out there and get some exercise. If you have an ice skating rink near you, this is a great way to build up your leg muscles. Even if you do not know how it can still be a good workout and a lot of fun. Go outside and have a snowball fight with your kids. This works your arms as well as your legs. Even building a snowman or doing an angel in the snow is considered exercise. Stay out as long as you can stand it. Dressing in layers can help keep you warm and moving around also warms you up.
Do Strength Training
Strength training works great to keep your muscles strong and helps with endurance. This can help you in working out longer as you will not get tired as quick.
If you are not experienced at strength training, you should ask a trainer to help you get started. You can likely find gyms in your area that has this type of training. Strength training keeps your weight down because it retains the muscles that you have to reduce fat. You do not have to worry about becoming a body builder to do strength training.
Some exercises you may do include squats, pressing weights, pushups, and hip extension. Your trainer can go over these and other exercises they may have you do.
Do Indoor Workouts
You can find workout DVDs at most retail stores. There are also apps that you can purchase for your smartphone of some great workouts. Many of these apps are completely free.
Do not choose the first DVD or app that you see. You need to find a workout program that works best for you so you will stick with it. First, determine how long the workouts are. If you are a busy person, you may do much better with short workouts, such as 20 minutes, compared to workouts that take an hour. Some workout programs are designed to do in short bursts, which makes it easier for you, and people are more apt to do it for a few minutes compared to an hour.
Check if there is any equipment that you need to do the workouts on the DVD or app. Some may require a small hand weight or workout ball, which is inexpensive. Others may ask that you have things like additional weights and pull up bars. You do not want to end up with a lot of equipment that you will never use.
Spring will be here before you know it and following these tips you can start the season out in good shape.