Bring Your Workout Indoors by Jennifer Lintz

January 29th, 2013 · No Comments

Conditions in Southeast Minnesota have been just plain cold lately – frigid, in fact! My thermostat in the car has ranged from -2 to -6 degrees Fahrenheit on my morning commute during the past couple of days. “Brr” is about all I have to say about that! No matter how much I enjoy running, odds are slim-to-none that I will exercise outside when temps fall below zero, and I know a lot of folks who feel the same way. Thankfully, there are ways to workout inside when the weather isn’t the warmest. Here are a few.
Pop in a workout video. If it keeps me exercising when temps are in the single or negative digits, I don’t mind shelling out $10 or $15 for a DVD that will get me sweating. One of my favorites right now is Bob Harper’s Ultimate Cardio Body, but I also enjoy Denise Austin’s “Blast Away 10 lbs” kickboxing workouts. There are tons of options available both in stores and online with a wide range of modalities – from yoga and Pilates to kickboxing and dance.

Head to the mall. On days when all the layers in the world aren’t enough to get you outside for an extended period of time, make your way to  the mall or any large department store and take some laps. Even I do this! For accountability and conversation, plan to go with a friend. It will make you more likely to go and will make the time fly once you get started.

Invest in a gym membership. In my opinion, paying a monthly fee during the coldest months of the year is completely worth it if it means I’ll be able to stay active and healthy. The nice thing about going to a gym is that there are typically several options to keep boredom at bay – cardio equipment, free weights, and possibly even swimming pools, weight machines, and group fitness classes.

This is not intended as medical advice. Please contact your physician for medical advice.

Jennifer Lintz, RD, LD, is a Registered Dietitian for Hy-Vee in Owatonna, MN, and a Group Fitness Instructor at the Mayo Clinic’s Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center in Rochester, MN.

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