Beat The Winter Slump!

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Beat The Winter Slump!

The winter months are the toughest for people to stay motivated and dedicated to their fitness goals.  The frigid temps make it difficult, if not downright impossible to get outside and be active.  Here are a few indoor activities to help you avoid the wintertime slump (and excuses):

Resistance Training:  When most people hear resistance training, they automatically thinking about weightlifting.  While weightlifting is the most recognizable form of resistance training, you can still get a challenging and beneficial workout outside the confines of a traditional gym.  Try a high-intensity bodyweight circuit to fire up your metabolism and keep those winter pounds from piling up!  If you need instructions on how to perform certain bodyweight movements or need a few suggestions, check out the free video section of www.jackfit.net.

Row, Row, Row:  You’ve run on the treadmill, you’ve used the elliptical for years, and you’ve probably stationary biked across the entire country by now. But most people overlook the row machine!  The row machine is my favorite cardio machine.  The row machine requires your body to use several major muscle groups at the same time. As such, you will enjoy a legitimate upper AND lower body workout at the same time while burning up to 700 calories in an hour!  Additionally, the row machine is a low impact cardio workout that does not stress the joints the way that running can. This low impact cardio machine reduces the risk of injury without diminishing the intensity of your workout.

Rock Climbing:  The fitness aspect of our society has always included traditional activities such as running, weightlifting, and sports participation.  However, non-traditional activities are fast becoming preferred alternatives to the traditional exercise regimen.  Sport climbing is one of the alternative activities that have become increasingly popular throughout the last two decades. At one time viewed as an extreme activity, sport climbing is now a mainstream alternative activity that is equally attractive to youth and adults.  Rock climbing and/or bouldering facilities are popping up all over the place.  Check for a facility near you!

Jump Rope:  Jumping rope is one the best cardiovascular exercises that you can do and it can be done almost anywhere!  Jumping rope is fantastic for cardiovascular fitness, weight loss, and improving the strength and muscle tone of your lower body.

Spin: Spin classes are becoming more and more popular throughout the country.  It is easy to tell why these classes are building up so much momentum.  These high intensity workouts are filled with enthusiastic instructors and energetic music that push you to achieving your fitness goals.  The energy that you will feel from your fellow spin-mates is contagious and can be just what you need to break your winter blues!

Just because the weather is colder, doesn’t mean that your commitment to being the fittest version of yourself has to be shelved for a few months. Remember summer bodies are made in the winter!  So find the weather friendly activity that you enjoy most and keep those winter pounds away!

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