Winter is a tough time for fitness junkies. Bad road and sidewalk conditions mean dangerous running terrain while snowstorms mean a tough time getting to the gym. Good thing there are plenty of indoor winter exercises that can be done in the comfort of your home with no equipment needed!
Would you rather spend all day sitting on a couch watching a screen or on an invisible chair? All you need to do to summon such a chair is lean your back flat against a wall and then lower yourself down until you legs form a right angle. Hold this position for as long as you can and keep improving your time. Though you can’t see the chair, you will definitely feel this exercise.
Has the season of eating made you a little soft? Toughen up that core with planks! With your forearms flat on the ground and your elbows at 90, keep your body as level as possible with your legs extended behind you. Engage your core and don’t let that rear get higher than your shoulders. Hold for at least 30 seconds and try to beat your previous time!
No, this is not a cute name for little burps. This is one of the most body intensive callisthenic exercises you can do indoors. Start in a standing position, crouch down with your hands on the floor in front of you. Next, explode your feet out behind you to end up in a hand-plank position. Then return to the crouch position and jump with your hands reaching the sky. You should then be back to standing position, completing one burpee. Repeat 10 times for a set of 2 or 3.
Snow definitely makes mountain climbing a pain, but this exercise will give you the same gratification without the frostbite. Get into a hand-plank position making sure your hands are aligned at the level of your chest and a little wider than your shoulders. Bend your right leg so that your knee goes towards your right hand. Quickly bring your leg back and repeat with your left side. That’s one mountain climber! Now repeat that 15 times for 2 or 3 sets.
"Basic push-ups, sit-ups, and squats are excellent ways to get every part of your body toned without the use of equipment."
While rowers stand disappointed by the frozen lakes, there’s at least one exercise to keep them in good form. Start by sitting on the ground with your knees to your chest, feet off the ground, and arms extended to the side like a T. Maintain this balance and bring your arms to your chest while extending your legs as they hover over the floor. One arm and leg extension equals one sculling sit-up. Do a set of 2 or 3 with 10 repetitions.
These are but a few winter exercise tips you can challenge yourself with to get yourself through the frigid winter. Basic push-ups, sit-ups, and squats are excellent ways to get every part of your body toned without the use of equipment. If you want to increase the intensity of these workouts, try adding ankle weights or dumbbells or find variations online!