When you're battling cold winter chills it can be hard to find the motivation for any sort of exercise. Winter is no reason to let your fitness routine slip. These five fitness activities are suited to cool weather and will see you feeling great.
Join a gym: Going for a walk or a bike ride in dreary weather is a daunting task, but at the gym you can run, cycle, row, and lift weighs at your hearts content. Make sure you get someone at the gym to demo the equipment when you first sign up so that you know how to use everything. Check out some of these places: Next Generation, Fitness First, Curves, Goodlife Health Clubs.
Take your dog for a walk: It may seem like a daft idea to suggest taking your dog for a walk in this weather, but winter has its own perks when it comes to your furry pals. While we're not operating under daylight savings council beaches become a dog friendly place where they can run around without their leashes. Choose your days wisely, this isn't the thing to do while the clouds are grey, but your dog will love the opportunity to run in the waves and play in the sand. You wont have to worry about disturbing beach-goers, and walking on sand is a great for fitness.
Bikram Yoga: If you really want to escape the cold, then bikram yoga will get you warm, and make you sweat. This form of yoga is performed in a 40º room, hotter than most people are used to in summer. The heat supposedly helps you get more from your yoga routine and work every single part of your body, including muscles, bones, and skin. You'll welcome the cool air outside once you're done with one of these classes.
For this one you don't even have to leave your house. Grab your Wii and get moving. Whilst the level of benefit you'll get from Wii Fit is debatable, it is certainly better than sitting on your couch. There are other console games that are designed at getting you fit in your living room like EA Sports Active, Xbox Kinect, My Fitness Coach. Visit your local game retailers to find some good titles.
Check out these places: EB Games, JB Hi Fi, The Good Guys, GAME, Game Traders.
So think about putting some of these things into your winter routine and you might find yourself feeling even better by the time summer comes around. Do you have any of your own winter fitness tips?