When the seasons start changing and it gets colder, running or biking outdoors gets a lot less fun. Unless you’re really dedicated to your activity, you might find yourself skipping more and more workouts, and not making up for it elsewhere. There are several ways you can work out indoors for the winter season, and even find a new activity you love.
1. Start before it gets too cold
Start making the transition before it gets too cold so you aren’t at a loss when winter comes. Add indoor workouts like yoga or weightlifting to your workout regimen so they don’t feel as weird or new when you devote more time to them.
2. Get to the gym
The most obvious way to transition from the outdoors is to find a gym. Gyms have tracks, machines, rock climbing, and everything else you need to stay in shape. However, not everyone can afford the hefty price tags, and lots of people don’t like working out around others. Look for gym membership specials and 24-hour gyms that have less busy times when you can visit.
3. Go to the internet
If you’re looking for something to replace the cardio of running or biking, and you don’t have a treadmill or indoor exercise bike, there are countless online videos of cardio workouts ranging from beginner to advanced, all for free. Typically, all you need is a spot where you can move freely or cheap equipment like an exercise ball.
4. Try mini workouts
If you just want to maintain your strength during the winter and aren’t as interested in making lots of progress, try mini workouts indoors that exercise one muscle group at a time. These only last about 15-20 minutes, and you do them 3-4 days a week. You can get your heart rate up quickly with squats, planks, and so on.
5. Make it fun
Working out on a stationary bike or treadmill is much less exciting than working out on the road. This can result in less intense and/or shorter workouts. It is crucial that you make your workouts fun. Set up a workout station with a TV, create a variety of playlists, and alternate your workouts so you aren’t doing the same thing day after day. For example, use a treadmill every other day, and mix in weights or yoga.