Winter is the greatest time to aim to achieve that awesome summer body you've been dreaming of. Even if you don't end up completely toned and slim as you like, you will lose a few kilos and you feel so much healthier and happier whilst doing so!
Here are some great ways to keep fit during winter time.
1. Invest in a piece of gym equipment OR join the gym -
A great idea would be to have a look a your local op shops or on Facebook buy swap and sell groups for anyone selling or giving away a piece of gym equipment. Treadmills, cross trainers, rowing machines and exercise bikes are all popular pieces and you may find people selling them online. If you prefer to buy brand new, Work Out World may be able to assist.
Joining the gym is generally pretty easy - and is actually quite inexpensive. For as little as $10 a week you could find yourself working out as much as you like as most gyms are open twenty four hours.
Write up a schedule on when you are going to go to the gym or use your exercise equipment. Sticking to a schedule and working it around your other commitments will make you feel more in control.
2. Running on the spot - May sound a bit silly. But running on the spot is a terrific way to warm your body up for a major work out. It will speed your heart rate up and get your body warmed up for a session on the exercise bike or cross trainer. You can even do this during the ads on television or whilst watching your favorite show. Over time you will eventually build resistance to it and may be able to run on the spot for about 20 minutes!
3. Indoor aerobics - Create a space for yourself to do some aerobics. This will work better to music, so make yourself a mixed tape, tune into the radio or plug in your iPod to a dock and pump some work out tunes. Some simple aerobic moves are touching your toes and then jumping up, push ups, jumping from side to side, short running, anything you can think of to move your body and tire you out. A good aerobics session should last between 20 and 30 minutes. Start off slow if you are unfit and haven't done much exercise before.
4. Pushups/Sit-ups - These can be really difficult, especially if you are not used to them! Start with a small number, maybe 20 and do 20 each morning. Over time your body will get used to them. There are some people who started at a measly 5 sit-ups when they first began, to do doing 300-400 in a day. You don't have to do 400 sit-ups to get fit, even 20 per day you will begin to see results as long as you incorporate other exercises into it and don't eat a lot of fatty foods.
Other tips to remember!
Limit fatty foods like take-away (pizza, fish and chips, etc) and chocolate and sweets to once a week. Have a "guilty night" where you have McDonalds for dinner or buy yourself a chocolate bar.
Try not to slack off from your workouts. It's certainly okay to skip the sit-ups for a morning if you have a lot of work to catch up on, or miss the gym one evening because you have guests. But try not to do it too regularly. Allow yourself to skip one workout or exercise at home a week, but try your hardest to get it done anyway. Do "make-up" sessions if you skip it one day.