Fitness

How to Avoid The Winter Workout Blues

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For many of who live in climates that experience a true winter, this is the most difficult time of year to get fit. Around the holidays, many women resolve to eat healthier and get their bodies back into shape. However, as we all know, the festivities almost always mean rich food and excessive eating. Here are a few tips for staying fit this winter if you don't want to compete for the exercise equipment at your gym.

It’s okay to work out at home. There are an assortment of new ways to work out at home. Many of these home workouts can be more interesting and complete than running on a treadmill at the gym.

The Wii Fit is one such way. The Wii Fit offers games in strength training, yoga, aerobics, and balance. Not to worry, the Wii Fit does not simply take you through the motions, it gets to know your body. Before you begin your exercise, the program will prompt you to enter such personals as height, age, weight, and sex. Then you step on the balance board for your first weigh in. The Wii Fit can also be personalized to keep track of the user’s individual weight loss goals and Body Mass Index. Many of the Wii Fit activities are targeted toward strengthening core muscles as well as balance. The Wii Fit acts as a personal trainer for those who don’t feel like braving the cold and snow to exercise in a crowded gym.

Another way to stay fit and warm this winter is pole dancing and striptease workouts. In the last three years, pole dancing has been touted by many celebrities as a spicy way to improve your fitness and create an incredible body. Pole dancing and striptease workouts emphasize stretching, proper breathing, and toning of abs, chest muscles, and arms. These workouts have become increasing popular and can be done alone at home, or with friends; there are a variety of books and DVDs.

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If you prefer fast-paced dance and high energy music to stay in shape and beat the winter blues, look no further. Zumba is quickly becoming one of the most popular fitness crazes. Zumba is a dance workout that involves moving to energetic Latin music like salsa, merengue, and samba. The specific workout moves back and forth between toning, strengthening, and cardio. Because of this, Zumba is regarded as a very complete workout. Since Zumba has gained such popularity, classes are offered daily at most local gyms, and there are a wide selection of instructional DVDs that are made to be used in the comfort of your home. Take a class with a friend. Working out with a friend can oftentimes motivate you to get out from underneath the blanket.

Pilates and yoga are excellent low impact forms of exercise that strengthen and tone your body and can be done in your home or taken in a class setting. The primary focus of pilates is toning the core muscles, which include the lower back, abs, and the stabilizing muscles. Pilates strengthens muscles without their becoming bulky. Yoga increases flexibility, improves posture, and improves balance by stretching and bending. Another important benefit of yoga is meditation. Whether reading a book, using an instructional DVD, or attending a class, elements of meditation, stress relief, and relaxation are always incorporated.

Megan Gates is an outreach representative for Gym Source (gymsource.com) - a leading retailer of home gyms and various other exercise and fitness equipment. Megan contributes written work to the blogosphere related to health and fitness.