Indoor Exercises for Fall and Winter
There is a chill in the air this fall that has not been felt since last winter. If you are used to getting your exercise outside you definitely know this. However, you can’t let the cold get in the way of your fitness goals.
Whatever your reason for exercising, you don’t want to give up just because it is uncomfortable outside. There are many exercises you can do indoors. If you don’t exercise routinely but are wanting to set fitness goals, indoor exercises throughout the fall and winter allow you to be comfortable while you are exercising, as well as ease yourself into the process of getting fit.
Why You Can’t Give Up
Giving up on your fitness goals or putting them on hold just because it is cold is not really an option, if you want to stay healthy. Studies show that muscle gained through exercise only remains if you use it. If you start sitting around for six months through fall and winter, you will lose the muscle mass you have gained.
In addition, you could face some adverse health effects if you don’t exercise, especially if you are used to exercising. Depression is more common in colder months, and exercise helps ward off depression. Blood pressure could increase cholesterol levels could go up, a number of things could happen to your health.
Common Exercises with Equipment
There are some very common exercises you can do indoors, if you have access to the equipment. You can purchase equipment or visit a gym.
- Treadmill walking or jogging
- Stair climbers or elliptical machines
- Resistance training (Boflex and similar machines)
These are just a few ideas. There are a number of types of equipment available, both for your home or at the gym. Getting a gym membership can be beneficial, especially if you prefer to change your exercise routine often or do not have the room in your home for equipment. You can always pay for a six month membership at the beginning of fall and fail to renew it in the spring and summer months.
Common Exercises without Equipment
If you don’t have the money for expensive equipment, you can still get plenty of exercise indoors.
- Jogging in place
- Weight lifting
Weight lifting does require some basic equipment. However, it is on this list because weights are inexpensive and easy to stow away in a closet or under the bed. This makes them ideal for indoor exercise, especially in small spaces that do not allow for other equipment.
There are many different types of aerobics, and you will have to choose the right one for you. Choose a program that is on a basic level if you are just starting out, and intermediate level if you have been exercising routinely for a few months, or an advanced level if you have been exercising routinely for at least six months. Whichever exercise program you choose, make sure you use it at least three times per week for best results.