The onset of chillier (and sometimes just downright unbearably frigid) weather leads most of us to transition our workouts indoors for an extended period of time. I say "most of us" because we all know there are those crazy runners who'll run outside no matter how windy, cold or snowy it gets.
But for the rest of us, there are many gym and at-home workouts ahead, which means if we want to make sure our exercise habit will be sustainable, we better keep it interesting. Of course, this sentiment holds true through the entire year: engaging in exciting workouts and activities that you actually enjoy is one of the best ways to make sure exercise will stay a regular part of your life. But this time of year — with winter weather blues, an increasing onslaught of holiday treats and sometimes even a spike in stress levels — is an especially good time to branch out and try some new tools, classes and sports.
Whether you plan on holing up with at-home workouts until spring finally reappears or you're looking for the next best group exercise class to join, here's a look at some of the best new workouts to take a shot at this fall and winter.
If you love group exercise classes but struggle to get your butt out the door when the weather is especially frightful, then you’ll likely find a whole lot of value in Live Streaming Fitness. It works exactly how it sounds: the site streams live fitness classes to your computer, TV or smart device so you can follow along in real time from the comfort of your own home. And not only can you follow along, but you can communicate with instructors before and after class, too. Plus, with workout options that include everything from cardio and strength training to yoga and Pilates exercisers can easily keep boredom at bay.
This simple but effective tool is especially perfect for indoor exercisers who are always on the go. An ultra-lightweight and compact portable exercise “bike,” Excy was designed with the busy exerciser in mind. You can use the simple setup to train your legs or arms anytime, anywhere. What’s more, it pairs with a mobile coaching platform featuring on-demand workouts and progress-tracking tools. Excy will officially launch on Kickstarter on October 21st, 2015 and the makers say the first systems will be ready to ship by November 2015.
If a heart-pumping group exercise workout sounds more like your style, then there’s a good chance you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in a group boxing class. For example, TITLE Boxing Club’s “Power Hour” high-intensity interval workout combines cardio and boxing exercises into one incredibly effective sweat session that torches tons of calories while also helping you gain strength and lean muscle. Of course, boxing has been around for quite some time, but it’s recently gained steam as an up and coming fitness trend that enthusiastic exercisers definitely won’t want to miss out on.
Whether you want to keep your stand up paddle training on point or you’re simply in search of a new way to challenge your yoga practice, the IndoBoard Balance Trainer can get the job done. Especially great for building leg and core strength, this basic but effective tool is perfect for outdoor athletes in search of an easy and innovative cross training method for the winter season.
This popular workout program has been around since 1968, so by no means is it new. But what is new and perfect for at-home exercisers is the recently launched Les Mills on demand streaming service. Now, exercisers can complete 30-minute versions of the Les Mills signature workouts (like BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT and SH’BAM) any time and anywhere there’s an Internet connection.
For exercisers who are easily bored by traditional gym workouts, trampoline training is a great way to keep your exercise routine exciting and interesting. Plus, not only is this a great way to burn a whole bunch of calories in a short amount of time, it’s also a low-impact, joint-friendly exercise option. Plus, this is another fitness trend that’s growing in popularity all across the country, so it shouldn’t be hard to find somewhere you can participate. Start by checking out Sky Zone Trampoline Parks, which have multiple locations all across the U.S. and in Canada, Meixco and Australia, too.
This versatile and portable tool will work to intensify almost any indoor workout you can think of. Whether you want to train with bodyweight moves at home or with weights at the gym, StrongBoard Balance adds a level of instability that will instantly increase the intensity of your workouts. Not only that, but it’s meant for exercisers of all levels, so whether you’re training at an advanced level, you’re new to the fitness scene or you’re recovering from an injury, you’re sure to find value in this innovative platform.
Resistance bands are actually pretty old school, but the BodyWorksBand adds a fun new twist to this traditional method of strength training by displaying a full-body workout across the length of the band. In other words, you won’t need to research and write out a workout or follow along with a video when you want to squeeze your workout in — just pick up your band and get to work.
Baby Strong is the perfect workout for new parents in search of a simple but challenging fitness routine for the winter season. The system features a deck of cards, each with a different workout move that incorporates your baby as the “weight.” Essentially, you get to spend time with your little one and exercise at the same time — no gym, no equipment and no babysitter required.