Staying active during the winter months can be challenging: darkness comes sooner and lasts longer, and may lead to decreased motivation or “I just want to relax” mentality. Perhaps you were an avid outdoor runner but lately, temperatures are too cold to run, or maybe, you’d like to start exercising but don’t know where to start.
Whatever the case may be, you can exercise in the convenience of your home. How so? Well, you improvise.
Dancing is a great and fun way to burn calories, get the heart beating, and doesn’t require much space. Turn on your favorite songs and just dance- whether it is salsa, aerobics, or even wacipi dancing, one only needs to tap into what they like and “just do it”. (By the way, have you ever tried to dance women’s traditional? It is not as easy as it looks! It is a workout.)
Another great way to break a sweat is to do bodyweight workouts, which you can do with no fitness equipment. Exercises such as squats, jumping jacks, pushups, and lunges are common exercises that can be modified to different variations and intensities. A squat can be turned into a squat jump, and pushups can be turned into diamond pushups. These can also be combined for intense exercises such as burpees.
Yoga is also a great way to incorporate exercise into your life. It is low impact and considered a “gentle” way of exercising. Yoga increases flexibility, strengthens muscles, and reduces inflammation and chronic pain. Incorporating yoga is inexpensive and requires no gym equipment. There is a plethora of free yoga tutorial videos on websites such as www.YouTube.com and www.doyogawithme.com
Exercising during the winter months is achievable and can be done at home without investing in fitness equipment. And remember, what seemed impossible right now will one day be your warm-up. Happy exercising!