I do not like being cold, but I am cold all the time. These two facts will tell you, pretty much, everything you need to know about me. It's why I hate swimming (also known as controlled drowning). It's why big fuzzy socks are my go-to gift (both for others and for myself). It's why I avoid Black Friday like the plague. (Cyber Monday, however, did some wallet damage.)
If I won't venture outside of my toasty house for even Black Friday, it goes without saying that outdoor running, biking, hiking, swimming and frisbee are out of the question too. At least until I can breathe without snot-cicles forming. But a girl's still got to get her sweat on, even if she lives in the frozen wasteland of the North.
Of course working out in cold weather is easy if you have a gym membership and a car to get you there, but there are lots of other options that cost less.
There are lots of fun outdoor options like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing and snowboarding that are only available in the winter and even I will stop whining about my frozen phalanges once I break a sweat. Just make sure you wear gloves and cover your ears -- no matter how warm and sweaty your core gets, your extremities will still be ice blocks.
I know, I know, I said cheap tips and gyms can get pretty pricey. But you don't need fancy equipment to get a good sweat! Do you have stairs? Run them. Yes, your cat will look at you like you're out of your mind, but that's what cats do. Do you have a long-ish piece of rope and a banister to run it through? You can do pretty much every move from the TRX workouts with just a rope.
You can do these anytime, anywhere. Impress your boss by pumping out a push-up for every copy that comes out of the machine. Put your back foot up on a chair and do chair lunges while you check your voicemail. Do wall-sits during conference calls.
Hello, YouTube! There are free workouts doing everything from CrossFit to Pilates to Kettlebells and many are posted by professionals. Netflix offers tons of fitness videos you can stream instantly to your computer or TV. There are also free websites dedicated to just this kind of thing.
They're kind of the go-to indoor workout, but I have to be honest with you, I don't really get a good sweat from DVD's. Yet I was recently reminded that they can be a fun change of pace when I tried out a bootcamp DVD. It's hip hop. It's boot camp. It kind of defies description. But it was really fun, and decently difficult too.
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