With the night’s drawing in and the temperatures starting to drop it can be hard to find the motivation to get outside and exercise. The thought of hitting the gym can be equally depressing to do the same tired workouts when all you want to do is curl up on the sofa. Well in this blog we’ll take a look at some winter workouts that great fun as well as being great for your body.
Trail running is a great way to help clear your head, get fit and enjoy new scenery. Even city dwellers can take part by running along their local canal towpath, river bank or around the local park – the important thing is to trade the tarmac for off road surfaces such as gravel, dirt or grass to see real health benefits. Add in a couple of hills and you’ll also help to strengthen your calves, glutes and quads not to mention your core.
Anyone that’s been to any of the dedicated mountain biking trail centres in the UK will have witnessed first-hand the thrills of mountain biking. This action packed sport is the perfect activity for the UK’s mild but wet winters. Cycling off road is much harder work than on smooth tarmac and will work your legs and core a lot harder. This means you’ll get a much better workout for less time spent in the saddle and have a lot more fun in the process.
If you’re lucky enough to live in the Scottish Highlands or near to an indoor snow dome then how about giving skiing or snowboarding a try? There are also plenty of ski and snowboarding holidays available that include lessons as part of the package so complete beginners are well catered to. Both sports will help to work your leg and core muscles and give you a new fun activity to enjoy in the winters.
Of course you don’t have to head outside or to the gym to get fit. As anyone who’s ever watched Strictly Come Dancing will know, dancing offers an incredible workout for the whole body. From Latin dances such as the Rumba and Salsa to ballroom classics such as the Waltz and Foxtrot, dance lessons offer a fun way to exercise in the cold, dark winter evenings.
Join a club or team
From the local running or swimming club to a hockey or football team, joining a club or team can help you make the most of the winter months and help you find other people who enjoy the same things. The commitment will also help motivate you and give you a reason to get out of the house and go do something fun that you enjoy. There are so many clubs and sporting groups around so just have a search and find one that you want to try. Rope in a couple of friends for added support and get fit together over the cold winter months.
Keeping fit in the winter is all about having fun and keeping your workouts exciting. Trying new things and activities is a great way to avoid the winter blues and keep you in great condition.