Most people don’t relish the idea of going outdoors into the freezing cold for winter exercise. Road conditions may be too perilous to drive due to storms, or you may simply have trouble motivating yourself to run or walk in the frigid temperatures or even to get into the cold car to drive to the gym. Fortunately, there are plenty of exercises to do at home.


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Consider these options for staying fit in spite of harsh winter weather:

  • Cycling – Riding your stationary bike can provide you with intense exercise without having to brave the black ice on the road or the freezing breeze hitting your face. Interval-based cycling can burn hundreds of calories and keep your bones strong. Cycling will also strengthen your thighs and calves.
  • Resistance training – You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to stay fit. Doing bodyweight exercises such as the inchworm, truck jump, bear crawl, mountain climbers, plyometric push-ups, and others can improve your strength and endurance using only body resistance. There is no need for machines, dumbbells, or plates.
  • Indoor rock climbing – This is a non-traditional cardio exercise that strengthens both the mind and the body. Scaling indoor walls increases the heart rate and can burn up to 650 calories per hour. The exercise works the arm muscles as well as the leg, back, and shoulder muscles. The challenge of the climb can engage your mind and help workouts pass quickly.
  • Indoor ice skating – If outdoor skating is not your cup of tea during the frigid winter days, try heading to an indoor skating rink and lace up. Skating, aside from being fun, tones the muscles of the legs, core, and butt. It also improves your sense of balance and coordination. Ice skating can burn about 500 calories per hour.
  • Barre dancing – If you love dance, this exercise provides a good cardio boost while drawing on classical ballet moves. It’s great for the core as well as the leg and glute muscles. You will combine dance moves with traditional exercises while holding onto a solid rod, or barre, that is attached to the wall. If a barre is not available, you can easily substitute it with a chair. To get started, look for barre routines on the internet or invest in a DVD of barre exercises.

Rather than cowering from the cold, embrace fitness this winter with a mix of indoor exercise routines.