Let’s be honest -- winter can be depressing. Few of us enjoy the frosty temperatures and lack of sunlight. Staying fit in the winter can be a real challenge when many us would rather hibernate under a warm blanket and wait for spring to arrive than go outside. Timbercreek has a few fun suggestions for how you can stay fit during winter.
HIIT Workouts You Can Do At Home
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. HIIT workouts feature a series of intense intervals and relaxed intervals. You go all out for a short burst, then you recover for a short period, then repeat. This 10 minute plyometric workout video requires no equipment and works your whole body at once. If you don’t have 10 minutes to spare, you can still get a killer workout in (in half the time) with this 5 minute whole body workout. If 5-10 minutes seems too short, step up your game with this 15 minute Tabata workout. The Tabata protocol consists of 20 seconds “all out” followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated 8 times, for a total of 4 minutes per set.
YouTube Yogis We Love
Yoga is great way to improve your flexibility, focus and to burn calories. YouTube has attracted many yoga experts who share free videos. Choosing the YouTube yogi who’s right for you can be daunting. Our favourite YouTube yogis include Yoga with Adriene. Adriene uploads new 30 minute yoga videos every Wednesday. Tara Stiles is another great choice, especially for those with no time to workout. She provides 10 minute yoga sessions for all skill levels. For a more intense 30 minute fat-burning yoga program, we love the yoga videos provided by fitness guru Jillian Michaels.
Take The Stairs
Did you know that climbing stairs burns more calories per minute than jogging? Stair climbing is officially classified as vigorous exercise. It’s a great form of cardio training and an excellent exercise for building core strength. It effectively works your quadriceps, glutes, hamstrings, abs and calves. Skip the elevator and take the stairs!
Ski Or Snowboard
If you don’t mind the cold too much, we recommend exercising outdoors in the winter from time to time. It’s a great way to get some vitamin D and have some fun during the colder months. Skiing and snowboarding are fun outdoor exercises to try this season. The amount of calories burned per hour will depend on your intensity level and body weight, but skiing can burn approximately 500 calories per hour and snowboarding will burn approximately 450 calories per hour.
Go Ice Skating
When was the last time you laced up your skates? Skating is a great way to stay active in the winter. Its also a great excuse for pending time with friends, sipping hot chocolate and is a relatively inexpensive family-friendly activity.
Timbercreek hopes these winter activity suggestions will help you stay fit during the winter and make the most of the season. If you would like more information about Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.