If you ask us, we'll tell you that winter is just as good a time as any for playing outside. Skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and even kayaking (yes, you can do that in the winter) are all incredible wintertime sports that totally count as exercise.
On the other hand, we also understand that freezing temperatures and snow storms can sometimes put a damper on your motivation to get moving. It's not easy to get your butt off the couch when you have the choice between cuddling underneath a cozy blanket or bundling up and heading to the gym.
"Nothing lasts forever and that includes motivation," says Courtney L. Alexander, founder of Flaunt Your Fitness and a personal trainer who, among other things, specializes in strength and endurance training, weight loss, and core training. "There will be times when you will need to re-spark that desire to work out, particularly during the winter months when the cold and sometimes snowy weather can be a deterrent."
One of the best ways to reignite your motivation is to make sure that your workouts are easily accessible. The less obstacles you have to face—like bundling up to brace the cold or scraping ice off of your car—the easier it will be to exercise.
So, on the those days when a winter storm hits or it's just too cold to even think about going back outside, try these at home workout ideas instead.
We collected a few tips from Alexander as well as NASM certified personal trainer and nutrition expert at TheGetInShapeGirl.com Kyra Williams and PilatesBridge.com Pilates instructor Anastasiya Goers.
Read on to find out what indoor-friendly exercises and workouts they recommend most.
Strength Circuit Training
This would involve eight to twelve strength exercises performed all in a row for three to five rounds. "You can do this from your house with as little as a few dumbbells and a stability ball," says Williams. "Since circuit training is total body you will save so much time, and even just working out this way three times a week will get you results. Not only that, but since you are focused on lifting and building muscle, you will see your results much faster, which is very motivating."
Bodyweight High Intensity Intervals
"On those days when it's impossible to get outside because you are snowed in, doing intervals of bodyweight exercises like squat jumps, jumping lunges, clapping push ups and jumping jacks are great because you can really get your heart rate up which helps blast through fat and extra calories," says Williams.