Not all parts of Australia experience winter. Northern Australia itself just gets two seasons – sunny and rainy. But even in the presence or absence of winter, there will be times when the weather will prevent you from going to the gym or running outside.
For the health conscious, skipping your workout routine is not an option. This is why there are so many indoor alternatives that you can do to keep that healthy body. Here are some fitness regimens to look into:
Yoga is one of the most popular physical activities in Australia. It’s so popular that a lot of studios have been built for it. But if the weather doesn’t permit it, you can always bring yoga to you. All you need is a yoga mat and you’re set.
If you’re a beginner, you can start your fitness routine with the basic steps: mountain pose, downward facing dog, triangle, Warrior 1, Warrior 2, and child’s pose.
These poses are great for stimulating blood circulation which helps in keeping your body strong. Once you get used to these poses, you can move on to more complex moves that will make you sweat a lot.
Overall, yoga is meant to be a spiritual exercise more than a physical one. But because yoga poses are not easy to do, they still tap your muscle strength and flexibility which keeps your body fit.
2. Indoor Cardio
You don’t need to go to the gym just to hop on the treadmill. If you have one at home, then winter is the best time to start walking on it. If you don’t have a treadmill at home, don’t worry.
There are also a lot of cardio exercises that you can do that will be equally (or even more) effective than your 30-minute treadmill walk.
First, you can start your cardio workout with jumping jacks. Jumping jacks are a great way to awaken your sleeping muscles so that you get blood flowing through them.
You can also start climbing up and down the stairs if you want a lower intensity exercise. Then, fill your routine with a mix of mountain climbers, high knees and burpees.
3. Strength Training
Who says that strength training is reserved for the gym? If your goal is to carry weights, then look no further. Your body is a perfect weight that you can use to tone and strengthen your muscles.
Some strength training exercises include squats, push-ups, and lunges. If you will notice, all these moves carry half, if not all, of your weight.
It sounds easy, but after 30 squats, you will start to feel the burn in your muscles. If you’ve felt that before using your own weight, that means that you’re doing it right!
Sample Winter Fitness Regimen
Based on the three exercises above, you know that winter cannot stop you from becoming fit and healthy. To tie all those exercises together, you can follow this sample fitness routine:
Day 1: Yoga
Day 2: Indoor Cardio
Day 3: Strength Training
Day 4: Yoga
Day 5: Indoor Cardio
Day 6: Strength Training
Day 7: Rest
You might be wondering why there’s a rest day. This is because your body needs to have a full day’s rest for it to recover fully.
Yes, your muscles repair when you sleep, but that doesn’t mean that it has restored all the energy it used up. Trainers highly recommend that you give 1-2 days a week for resting. But if you don’t want that, you can substitute your rest days with more yoga poses.
In the sample fitness routine, you will see that winter should not be made an excuse from exercise. There are even some people who can swear by these indoor workouts and tell you that going to the gym isn’t the only way to stay fit. Sure, the gym has more complete equipment.
But that doesn’t mean that you can’t gain more muscle doing other exercises. You can also take this time to try different indoor sports. You can visit the nearest sports stadium and inquire about the sports they offer.
In this way, you remain fit all throughout the winter without even noticing it. You’ll be surprised at how toned your body will get after all the snow has melted.