Exercise During the Winter

Exercise During the Winter

Cold, snowy days and icy roads can make it difficult to get outside and exercise during the winter months, especially if you live in a Northern climate.  However, with a few tweaks to your usual routine, you can stay in shape despite the cold temperatures.  Here, learn about 8 tips for exercising during the winter season.

Invest in a Pair of Dumb Bells

You can complete a full workout with a set of dumb bells.  Do bicep curls, triceps extensions, squats, and military presses. Aim to complete three sets with 10-12 repetitions of each exercise per set.  Select a weight that is heavy enough that the last few repetitions are difficult to perform. Browse Shape.com to discover more exercises you can do with dumb bells.

Join a Gym or Fitness Center

It can be costly to join a gym or fitness center, but the cost is worth it if it keeps you healthy and away from the doctor’s office. Join a gym or fitness center close to home, and you can run on the track or use the pool, even when the ground is covered in snow.

Climb the Stairs

If there is a set of stairs in your house, they can provide you with the tools to complete a full workout. Climbing up the stairs is a total body workout. In fact, researchers for an April 2000 edition of Preventive Medicine found that climbing just 6 flights of stairs per day could reduce heart rate and increase levels of healthy HDL cholesterol among women who were previously sedentary.  Get a full workout and increase your calorie burn by challenging yourself to climb up and down the stairs 10 times at once. Do three sets of this workout in the same day to really challenge yourself!

Get a Dog

You may not think that getting a dog would make a difference to your exercise routine, but having a furry friend means you will have to go outside for walks.  It may not be fun to trample through the snow, but having a high-energy dog will require you to head outside for a daily walk, even if the weather is unpleasant.  Check the local animal shelter for an adoptable dog, and stick to high energy breeds like a Siberian Husky or an Australian Shepherd.

Use a Weighted Jump Rope

Jumping rope burns serious calories.  Jumping rope with a weighted rope increases your calorie burn even further, and it also strengthens and tones your arms. You can easily jump rope inside the comfort of your own home on a snowy winter day.  You can find a weighted jump rope at a mass merchandiser like Walmart or Target for under $20.

Take Up Downhill Skiing

Head to the slopes for some d