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.
Live Streaming Fitness
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.