Whether it’s snow or heavy rain, short mornings and long evenings, doing exercise outdoors during winter can be anywhere from challenging and unpleasant to downright dangerous.
If the weather is disrupting your exercise routine and making it impossible to get outdoors, not to worry – there’s plenty of fun and challenging workouts you can do from the comfort of your own home that will help you build strength, increase fitness and lose weight.
Need inspiration? Here’s a few simple ways you can move your exercise routine indoors for winter.
Pilates is an excellent way to stay in shape and improve your fitness at home – you can do it in a relatively small space and don’t need to invest in any bulky or costly equipment to have an effective workout. This ‘gentle’ form of exercise won’t put too much strain on your lungs and heart and helps you gradually build up your strength and flexibility over time through a series of simple, repetitive exercises. You can read more about it and how to get started in our guide to strengthening your body through Pilates.
Roll out the yoga mat
Like pilates, yoga is an excellent way to get some exercise indoors. It can build strength and stability and help with flexibility and even relieve stress – what’s not to love? You can sign up for a yoga class at your local studio, or better yet, give it a go at home with the help of an online workout. Find out more about Yoga in our guide to the benefits of yoga for over 50s.
Lift with kettlebells
Instead of investing in a set of free weights, you can build strength at home – and save space – by working out with kettlebells. These round shaped weights come with a handle and are effective for both strength and cardio training. There are dozens of diverse exercises you can do to work nearly every muscle group in the body. Learn more with our guide to building strength with kettlebells.
While modern workouts may have usurped the classic aerobic workouts so popular in the 70s and 80s, these videos are still a great way to stay fit and workout from home. Heart-pumping exercises can help burn fat, boost energy and stimulate the mind – perfect for when the weather makes it impossible to go walking outdoors.
How do you like to stay fit during winter?