Starting to feel the impact of all those “oh go on then” mince pies, those “seeing as it’s Christmas” chocolates and that fifth “well it’s New Year’s” glass of wine? Want to start getting active again but can’t quite face going out in that cold, wet gale that is otherwise referred to as ‘January’? SilverExplorers has the solution.
Hit the Gym
Gyms are no longer all about bodybuilders pumping iron. Filled with people of all ages and athletic ability, gyms are a great way to keep fit while it’s all a bit grey outside. With a variety of machines you can walk, run, row, cycle and much more. Worried about boredom from just sitting at a machine? Take along your tablet and catch up on your latest shows whilst walking, or use virtual cycling machines which allow cycle through a virtual environment of your choice.
Start Yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi
These sorts of exercises are fantastic for building up core strength, balance and flexibility as well as easing anxiety and stress. Adaptable to all fitness levels and intensities, from Bikram yoga practiced in a hot room designed to make you sweat to the more relaxing Tai Chi, they are a fantastic way to keep active indoors.
Dance is the perfect way to stay active indoors. There are so many different styles to choose from to suit your fitness level and interests. So be it ballroom with your partner, or fast paced tap there are classes out there that will teach you from beginner to pro.
Pop in an Exercise Video
If you really can’t face leaving the house or don’t fancy wading through a snowdrift to get to the gym, then why not try home exercise videos? These recorded work outs are available for every level of fitness and they allow you to get lots of exercise from the comfort of your home. You will be guided along with a trainer and you don’t have to worry about what anyone else is doing. Even better, if you don’t fancy buying one there are plenty of free examples accessible from the web.
Take it to the 21st Century
To really take your indoor exercise well and truly into the 21st century you could try exercising using a video games console. Consoles such as the Wii and the Xbox have motion sensing technology which means you can partake in virtual exercise routines or sports. Why not try your hand at virtual Wii Tennis or dance along with a virtual Zumba class with the Xbox?
There are plenty of ways to stay active and get your British Heart Foundation recommended 150 minutes a week of exercise during the winter.
How do you keep active during winter? Any top tips for other SilverExplorers?