How can I exercise in bad weather?

Sadie Lincoln
Sadie Lincoln on behalf of barre3
There are plenty of ways to get a great workout indoors, many of which don’t require a gym. At barre3 we have developed workouts that can be done in the convenience of your own home or on the go. The workouts range from 10-60 minutes and focus on total body strength and balance. Like walking, all our workouts are low impact. However, we focus on isometric contractions (holds) and controlled actions which help to shape the body. These can be done in the comfort of your living room, kitchen, or even a hotel room. Many require little or no props and are accessible to a variety of fitness levels.  If you are looking to avoid the outdoors due to weather and would like to try something new, check out a few of our videos.

If you are strapped for time or stuck in your house secondary to bad weather the peripheral heart action training system is the best training program to follow. Peripheral heart action is a variation of a circuit training program. The key concept behind peripheral heart action training is that the program will alternate between an upper extremity and lower extremity exercises. For example, perform a push-up, followed by a lunges, followed by pull-ups, etc. This type of training allows you to move from exercise to the next with limited rest. The alternation between upper and lower extremity exercise enhances circulation through the body. You can get a total-body workout in 20 minutes or less.  

Being active is key to a long and healthy life. And many of the things we might do to stay active -- walking, gardening, riding bikes, swimming -- tend to lend themselves to the outdoors. So when wet, inclement weather kicks in, it can really put a damper on your exercise groove. Especially if you're one of those people who gets bored doing the same indoor workout day after day.

Whether you feel housebound by the weather or some other aspect of your geographical surroundings, you can beat this obstacle to fitness by thinking outside the box -- or the house.

Three Tips to Get Started:

  • Make the most of community resources. Local community centers or colleges may have a number of indoor facilities for use, including indoor tennis courts, pools, or tracks. While you're there, see what kind of activities and classes are available. You may find the winter months are a great time to brush up on your dusty tap-dancing skills or learn how to rumba for the first time.
  • Use the weather to your advantage. Ice skating, cross-country skiing, sledding, shoveling snow, and building a snowman all provide excellent forms of exercise. Bundle up and embrace the cold. Just be sure to take things slowly. Allow your lungs to get acclimated to cold-weather workouts with short periods of exercise. With proper acclimation and gear -- such as ski masks that warm and moisten air as it passes into your mouth -- you should be able to get your fill of exercise without hurting your respiratory health..
  • Make over your indoor workout. For the days when it is truly impossible to head outside or make the trek to your favorite indoor exercise facility, it's good to have a backup plan. Keep your home stocked with options for working out indoors. Invest in a variety of exercise videos and DVDs -- from standards, such as aerobics, to the truly unusual, such as a belly dancing or hip-hop how-to. The more variety the better -- you're less likely to get bored. You may also want to consider investing in some traditional exercise equipment for the days when you don't feel as creative. An exercise ball, treadmill, stationary bike, or weight bench offer a quick and easy option for fitting in 30 minutes of activity.

Think of the cold, wet winter months as your opportunity to get truly creative. When the weather is better, you can go back to your old standbys. Start thinking now about new ways to be active next winter.

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