Fun Fitness Activities to Keep You Motivated Through the Winter
Jan 1st, 2012 | By Alice Burron | Category: Fitness, Health & Fitness
By Alice Burron –
Do you struggle with staying motivated to be active throughout the winter months? Never fear–winter is the perfect time to try new activities and get in the best shape of your life! Here are six fun activity suggestions to keep you moving without getting bored this winter.
There are very few fitness crazes that match the popularity of Zumba®; and once you try it you’ll know why—it’s a blast! Zumba® classes are a fusion of Latin dance styles will make you move in places that don’t normally move during a typical day, and Zumba® will burn calories about on par with running, anywhere from 400-800 calories in an hour class.
If you are already in good physical condition but struggle staying motivated or getting off those last few pounds, and you enjoy structure and variety in your workouts, P90X might be the perfect workout for you. Every day offers a different workout, and if you also follow the P90X nutritional plan, P90X can trim you down to size and make you super-fit. Although it’s pricy (you can find it online at www.beachbody.com/P90X), it might bring you better results than a gym membership—while being ultra-convenient.
3. Nordic Skiing
If you have the chance, grab some cross-country skis and get outdoors and enjoy one of the best overall body workouts you can get. Check out my article on Nordic Skiing. You’ll be sure to like it so much that you’ll miss winter when it’s over!
4. Hoola Hooping
It’s not just for kids anymore! Hooping has become a national fitness trend that is sure to stay for a while. Find hoops and videos to purchase online that suit your skill and goals. Many fitness centers offer hooping classes, which is a great place to start for beginners, and a great way to stay motivated for experienced hoopers. Hoola hoops now come with an attitude full of fun colors and patterns! For more information, visit www.hooping.org.
If you already own a bike, consider buying a cycling trainer (a bike stand with a roller that allows you to use your own bike) to put your bike on for indoor training. Trainers aren’t very expensive (much less than a recumbent bike or a treadmill), hardly take up any room, and can be purchased at any bike shop. Pop in a cycling training video and follow along for additional motivation.
Winter is a great time of year to increase your flexibility and strength to get you ready for your spring and summer outdoor activities. Join a class or purchase a DVD to watch at your convenience. DVDs are available at most sporting goods stores or you can try simple moves off online video, like the one found here: The Best Pilates Core Workout Video.
Alice Burron earned a master’s in physical education with an emphasis in exercise physiology from the University of Wyoming. She is an affiliate spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is an ACE certified personal trainer and certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant. Her first book, Four Weeks to Fabulous, is aimed at helping the busy person lose weight using sound nutrition, weight control and exercise principles that are proven successful. Visit her on her website at www.2bfit.net