Exercise When It’s Freezing Outside? Here's How!

Get workout ideas for when it's cold outside!

Are snow and ice disrupting your workout routine? Skiing and snowshoeing are great outside activities, but if winter outdoor exercise isn't for you, try some of these indoor exercise ideas on for size.

Be Prepared

Just because you aren’t venturing out doesn't mean you won't be getting a workout. Whatever exercise regimen you choose, wear the proper attire, stay hydrated, and check with your doctor if you have existing injuries or medical conditions that may be a concern.

Exercise Recommendations

According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity per week. It's ideal to spread this time out into multiple sessions as opposed to a one-day haul.

Suspension Straps

These straps allow exercise enthusiasts to use their body weight to provide resistance that can be adjusted based on hand and body positioning. They are easy to use and only require a small area of sturdy support for mounting. They can be used in countless ways for a total body workout. Brands such as TRX, CrossCore and Lifeline Jungle Gym XT can be found online or in some fitness outlets.

Home Exercise Equipment

There are a few do's and don'ts when buying exercise equipment for your home. It's usually a good idea to avoid the stuff you see on those late-night infomercials (as tempting as they may be) — they're almost always low-quality and a waste of money. Visit a bargain warehouse (such a Costco or BJ's) or a local retailer that specializes in home exercise equipment. Most home versions of stationary bikes, treadmills and elliptical machines can cost between $500 and $1,500. Be serious about the investment; plan out a reasonable place to put it and take measurements ahead of time to make sure that bike or treadmill doesn't become a really expensive clothing rack.

No Equipment Needed

Guess what? You can be your own set of weights! Don't confuse classic exercises like pushups and sit-ups for pointless moves. As long as your body position is appropriate, you can get a killer workout on the busiest (and coldest) of days.

Bring the Outside In

If you're a runner, look in your area for an indoor track; many offer open-house hours. Check your local gymnastic program or indoor rock-climbing park — they're not just for the kiddos! You'd be surprised how many offer adults-only classes. If a little chill doesn’t scare you, hit up a local ice rink and get on skates — you can burn about 400 calories per hour.

Tell Us: How do you like to be active when the temperature plummets?

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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