With the days getting shorter and colder, it’s easy to make excuses to skip your workout. If you’ve spent the summer getting your cardio outdoors, it can be hard to make the transition indoors and many people will give it up until the weather gets milder. If you want to keep working towards your fitness goals, it’s important not to let the cold weather get in the way. And with the most indulgent season of all just around the corner, stopping your routine now could spell disaster come Christmas time. Here are 5 workouts to try this winter, and the gear you’ll need to make the most of them.
You can either shy away from the cold, or you can embrace it. Get out to the countryside on a dry day and get your cardio fix by running up and down hills. Just like the interval setting on the treadmill at the gym, you’ll be facing different inclines that will push you to your limit.
What to wear: A good pair of shoes are essential to ensure you don’t turn your ankle on the rocky terrain. Look for running shoes with a lower heel to give your ankle more support.
The key to keeping fit in winter is to mix up your workout routine so you don’t get bored. Indoor climbing offers a full-body workout that will help raise your heart rate while toning your arms, shoulders, back and core muscles. You’ll also torch around 650 calories per hour.
Instead of seeing snow as a hindrance, you can look at it as an opportunity to torch some calories. A moderate downhill ski will burn around 400 calories an hour, which isn’t bad considering most people will spend the better part of 6 hours skiing per day on a skiing trip. If you can’t make it out to the mountains, indoor ski slopes can offer a similar experience.
What to wear: A good base layer is essential to wick away the moisture, followed by a mid-layer to keep you warm and finally a top layer for protection from the elements.