Make Your Winter Workout Fun in 7 Steps
With bare trees and gray skies, it's a great time to light a fire, make a cup of cocoa and snuggle with your true love, but don't let the chilly air cool your commitment to fitness. Avoiding a winter rut can be as easy as making fun changes to your regular fitness routine. Here are seven ways to keep your workout going.
It may be cold outside, but taking a walk or a jog doesn't have to leave you frozen. Race to your local sporting goods store for the latest in fitness fashion. New high-tech fabrics pull sweat away from your skin to keep you warm.
Winter is the perfect time to take an exercise class. If you haven't tried yoga, Pilates or spinning, give it a go. You'll be exercising your mind and your body. And don't worry about being a beginner; classes are offered for different levels of experience and fitness.
The latest craze in video games: losing weight by dancing great. With music, video and a dance pad that scores your moves, try the latest revolution in video games, and dance your way to extra points -- and a leaner shape!
Television is a big temptation when it's cold outside. If you have a treadmill, instead of sitting in front of the tube, tape your favorite shows to watch while you walk.
Tired of your fitness routine? Why not try a new exercise video or DVD? Or, for a real splurge, sign up for personal training sessions to fine-tune your workout.
Research shows that music stimulates our bodies and focuses our minds.
Don't forget to reward yourself for your persistence. But instead of indulging in holiday treats, do something good for your muscles -- a professional massage can relax a body that's stiff from the cold.