It’s cold outside, there’s sleet on the ground and the last thing you want to do is lace up your sneakers and go out for a run – or even warm up your car to head to the gym. But, you still want to feel good and look great for the holiday season.
The only way to achieve those goals is to keep your workout routine in check. Many workouts can be done inside but some are actually more fun in the chill (once you get moving that is!) Many of these will seem familiar, but it’s not likely you’ve put them into play recently.Let’s return to some of these old favorites to keep fit over the holiday season
- Break Out the Old TaeBo DVDs
TaeBo used to be one of the most popular at-home fitness videos – which is why you probably still have a copy lying in a dusty box somewhere. Even though it’s not the 90’s anymore, TaeBo can still burn some serious calories. Break out your decade-old patterned spandex and get your TaeBo on. Even if you don’t own the tapes or DVDs, you can find full versions of them online, like this 55-minute class.
- A New Fitness Fad: PiYo
There’s always some new fitness trend to try and the winter is the perfect time to experiment. Many things sizzle out quickly but one workout that’s not going anywhere is PiYo. As a fitness blogger, I’ve seen a lot of my friends picking up this new workout trend created by fitness personality Chalene Johnson. She says it’s for those who find that yoga and Pilates just don’t work for them. Bonus? No weights or gadgets needed! This is an awesome and easy way to mix up your workout in the winter months.
- Dance Party Circuit
Most of us have at least one fun dance playlist on our computer. If not, choose “Zumba Fitness Radio” on Pandora and you’ll be set.Trust me! Next, pick an at-home workout from one of these Pinterest pins. Pump up the jams and go through the circuit you choose 1-3 times. You can also choose one circuit and then go through a different circuit. Mix it up and don’t stop moving for 20-25 minutes. Your workout session will end up feeling more like a dance party!
- Treadmill, Elliptical & Bike Circuit
If you’re lucky, you may have a gym inside your apartment complex or your home. If not, this one will have you heading to the nearest gym – but don’t worry, it’s fast enough that you won’t need a lot of time. The worst thing about the treadmill, elliptical and bike is how boring they can get. It’s much less boring when you only spend 3-5 minutes on each. Choose which one you want to start with and go for 3-5 minutes at a moderate intensity. Switch to each piece of equipment until the cycle is completed. Repeat the cycle at a higher intensity. You can do the circuit 2-3 times, the last time at a very high intensity.
- Ice Skating
Assuming you have a rink nearby, this is absolutely one of the most fun ways to burn winter calories. Rent some skates if you don’t have your own and do laps around the rink. Learning to balance will really strengthen your legs. Attempt to go backwards, maybe even do a turn – but be careful of course! Keep moving for 20-30 minutes and you’ll get your workout in and be ready for a nutritious snack, like a Balance bare ® Bar, before heading out for a fun holiday party.
- Winter Runs
While most of us think of spring and summer as the optimal seasons for outdoor running, a winter run can be just as fun! An outdoor run is a great way to get outdoors, especially during the winter when you’re typically cooped up inside. Pick your favorite park, one where they heavily salt the sidewalks to avoid slips, and enjoy the beautiful winter scenery as you soak in some fresh air.
There is no reason not to keep sweating through the winter months. It makes those long Sundays on the couch in front of the fire place feel that much more fulfilling. Don’t forget to grab a stash of Balance Bar ® products for your gym bag if you leave home – or have them stocked in the kitchen should you choose the living room for your workout space! Got any winter exercise and wellness tips you’d like to share? Tweet them at @BalanceBar to keep the conversation going!
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Always consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program.