While we haven’t had much cold weather to speak of yet, eventually the weather’s going to turn cold, and then you’ll have to take your workout inside. But if the thought of running the treadmill every day just bums you out, there are better options for a fitness plan that is both fun and effective. Here are a few great ones to consider.
No Equipment Required
There are so many bodyweight exercises that you can do indoors while watching your favorite TV show, you may never use your couch again. Okay, so we all need a rest some time, but, still.
If you really want to hit the cardio hard, there are dozens of body weight options including full-body moves like burpees, mountain climber, and inchworm. Or you can target your legs with lunges, squats, and steps. Move on to the core with pushups, crunches, and planks. Work on the arms with triceps dips and boxer moves. Keep the pace rapid, and you will definitely get your heart going.
Combine cardio and Pilates and use dance-based workouts to keep variety. Yoga and tai chi can also be great ways to break up the cardio so you get maximum benefit.
Some Equipment Required
Of course, there are other workouts you can do to add variety for a modest cost in equipment. Weights and/or resistance bands are a good investment to give you some alternatives to body weight exercises. Kettlebells are very popular right now because we’re learning how amazingly effective they are. Add some intensity to boxer moves with a punching bag. A jump rope is an inexpensive piece of equipment to add to your routine.
If you’re looking for something a little different, try TRX suspension training. You can work any part of the body that you want, and it’ll get your heart going, to be sure, if that’s what you’re looking for.
Or you can go the other way and get a trampoline if your ceiling’s high enough!
For Gym Members
If you have a gym membership, there are many different ways to get your cardio in. You can use other machines, like bikes and rowers, using classes to help keep it interesting.
People don’t think of swimming as being a cardio workout, but it can be, and it’s a great way to fit in some no-impact workouts among the normally high-impact cardio stuff.
A great way to keep your workouts fun is to add some sports, such as soccer, basketball, heck, even dodgeball, all of which can be found at your local gym. You can also try using a climbing wall, a great way to challenge your body and mind, and from a cardio perspective, it’s the equivalent of running an 8 to 11 minute mile.