Don’t worry, it’s natural – our bodies are inclined to “hibernate” during winter months. It seems more enjoyable to cuddle up by the fire instead of put on your gym clothes and head outside. And, if you suffer from the winter blues, getting yourself to the gym can be even more challenging. However, exercise is known to boost your mood and energy so it’s a good idea to incorporate it into your winter routine.
The good news is there’s no need to leave the comfort of your home to achieve an effective full-body workout.
There are a variety of workouts and resources that will not only warm your cold muscles this winter season but will also save you money by forgoing pricey gym membership fees.
High intensity interval training (HIIT)
HIIT workouts have gained popularity because they typically take 30 minutes or less so they’re easy to fit into a busy day and they’re highly effective in burning fat. The workouts include short periods of intense bursts of aerobic activity followed by brief periods of lower intensity efforts or rest.
The HIIT workout outlined below includes activities that can be completed within four 7-minute intervals with 30 to 60 seconds of rest in between, picking up where you left off with the previous interval. Just cycle through the exercises, following the recommended number of reps listed, at your own pace until each of the seven-minute intervals is up.
- Weighted walking lunges (24)
- Jump rope (2 minutes)
- Squats (15)
- Ab Bicycles (40)
- Burpees (10)
- Push-ups (15)
Yoga doesn’t require much equipment and it’s a great way to burn calories right at home. Yoga not only provides a full-body workout but can increase strength, balance, flexibility, endurance and also provide mental health benefits. You can focus your yoga practice on stretching and relaxation or a more vigorous, cardio flow. Here’s two YouTube videos to help you get started from Cosmo Body and Jessica Smith TV :
Jumping jacks, high knees, push-ups, jump squats, lunges and everyone’s favorite: burpees will all get your heart rate up. Best of all, no equipment is necessary and therefore, there’s no room for excuses.
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