It’s February…finally! Does anyone else feel like January always lasts a thousand days? I think it’s the post-holiday slow down and the intensity of trying to get back to “normal life” that makes January feel like it drags. Plus… it’s probably too cold to workout outside. Read on for some great indoor tips…
For many of you, it is still QUITE cold outside making any outdoor activity really challenging., if at all possible. Walks, runs, bike rides and pretty much any other outdoor activities are either a no go, or can be done rarely.
As fair as this dilemma is, you should definitely not let it stop you from getting your exercise in and breaking a sweat each and every single day. If you’ve set any goals for 2018 that have to do with your fitness, you can’t let the weather stop you from getting to those goals.
One important thing to remember is that working out doesn’t challenge just your body, but your mind as well. Are you able to organize, re-arrange, adapt and anything else you need to in order to stay active and healthy? If the weather is an issue for you, this guide should help you out quite a bit.
Tips for Working Out… Inside
- Figure out what you want to do! Do you want a serious HIIT workoutDo you want a burn? Are you looking for something a little slower? This is your first step of course. My recommendation is that you mix it up every day. The best type of fitness is one that covers a lot of ground and a lot of variety. Doing the same thing every single day will not only make you plateau, but you’ll become bored. If you’re not excited about your workout, the chances of it happening are slim.
- Create a weekly schedule for yourself that actually compliments your schedule and your life. One of the MAIN reasons people can’t stick to their workout regimen is the same reason they don’t get a lot of things done that they want to in this life. They don’t organize their days and their weeks. If you KNOW the only time you’ll have to work out on Mondays is before work, make it happen. If you know it’s during your lunch break, make sure you always have your workout clothes packed with you. Working out is as much mental as it is physical and that means organizing your days so you can fit it in. Remember, a good workout doesn’t have to last an hour. In fact, a good workout can take place in just 20 minutes depending on what you’re doing.
- Leverage your resources. There are TONS of free videos, workout plans, podcasts and tips online. If you are not comfortable creating your own workout, use what’s available to you online. If you do know how to put your own workout together, go for it. See some additional resources below.
- Create your space. Where does the workout happen? The whole point of this article was to help you create an efficient workout regimen for when it’s too cold to leave the house. Perhaps the garage is warm enough? Maybe you have a den or room in the office? Wherever your space is, do your best to make it as comfortable as possible for what YOU are doing during your workout.
- Invite a family member to join you! It can be challenging to find motivation when working out alone. See if your spouse or a child wants to join in on the fun.
- DON’T cheat yourself. As I mentioned above, working out alone means you can “cheat” or cut the workout short. It can also mean you don’t make the workout as challenging as it could be. Don’t do anything in this life at 70%. That includes your workout
- Stop trying to overachieve. Seriously, it doesn’t impress anyone unless you actually follow through with it. As I said above, it doesn’t matter HOW LONG you work out for each day, it just matters that it was enough for your own body. If you’re pressed for time, do 100 air squats as fast as you can. Or 50 burpees. You’ll be done in 10 minutes and you’ll have gotten your blood flowing and broken a sweat. Set goals based on what you can actually accomplish and what you have time for. Perhaps that means that some days, you have more time than others. Don’t beat yourself up for that, embrace it and make it work for you.
Still need some guidance?
Here is a tentative schedule that you can tweak and use for your own life.
Monday – HIIT
Tuesday – Yoga or intense stretching
Wednesday – Stationary equipment if you have it (Bike, treadmill, elliptical). If not, create a circuit workout for yourself
Thursday – Zumba (TONS of free videos on Youtube)
Friday – Tabata style workout
Saturday – Yoga or intense stretching
Here are some great resources for guiding your workouts at home:
- Zumba/Dance Fitness
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