SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
Many people might think a gym membership is needed to stay fit during the coldest season of the year, but there are many alternatives that are much less costly and as equally effective. So, if you are trying to save some money this winter, skip the weights and try out the following exercises.
Ice skating is a fun wintertime activity that gets your body moving and heart pumping. There are many lakes and ponds around Scugog and the surrounding areas that can be used for skating, or it can be done for free, in some arenas, on certain days.
To take your skating workout to the next level, try skating backwards to work different muscle groups, or try skating in intervals, for the best workout. This would be so many trips around the ice, resting, and then doing it again, and so on.
For those who can’t skate, stay indoors and take the stairs. Running or walking up and down the stairs in your house or apartment is a great cardio workout and strengthens your legs. But start this slowly at first and build from there.
If you are athletic, or feel like making the stairs a little more fun, try to climb two steps at a time, do speed runs, or try jumping jacks in-between floors to get an even better workout.
When it’s too cold to walk outside, try walking laps inside the nearest shopping mall. The average person can burn close to 300 calories an hour when walking at a moderate pace on a flat surface, and this can be amplified if stairs or escalators are added into the mall walking routine. Make sure you watch out for those who are slower or distracted.
If the mall is too far away, try a home workout DVD, or surf the internet to find an indoor workout video that interests you. These workouts can typically be done with limited space and generally don’t require alot of time, or any equipment other thanif you are trying to catch your favourite T.V show and get a great workout at the same time, try active TV viewing. Jogging on the spot or skipping rope in front of the TV allows you to be entertained while getting a great cardio workout. If you are beginning to get exhausted and can’t hear the television over your heavy breathing, try to working out in-between commercial breaks.
Trying to stay active during the winter may seem like a daunting task but can be done with a little motivation and perseverance. Setting goals, big or small, is a great way to stay motivated through your winter time work outs and get results!
If you don’t usually like the winter season, try to focus your energy on the aspects of it you enjoy. Turn on a hockey game, sip some hot coco, and don’t worry too much, spring is only a couple short months away!rkouts can typically be done with limited space and generally don’t require alot of time, or any equipment other than the occasional free weight. the occasional free weight.
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