As the weather turns to a wintery cold, it can be hard to convince yourself to get out of the house for a great workout. Luckily, there are workouts that you can do right in the comfort of your own living room. Include simple workouts during your daily routine to help you stay fit all winter long.
Shape Your Core
Your core is essential to maintaining good form through any workout. Whether you want to run a marathon, or are simply maintaining your fitness level, your core is what keeps you stable. The winter provides a unique opportunity to include more core workouts that will keep you from common injuries like shin splints and runner’s knee. One such core workout is a bridge.
Bridges are a way to engage your core and can be done any time of the day. There are beginner and advanced levels for developing a stronger core through a bridge workout. Bridges begin by lying on your back with your knees bent. Pull your core in tight and engage your glutes to lift your core up and down.
To advance the workout, lift one leg at a 90-degree angle or point it straight before lifting your core from the earth. Be mindful of what your body can do and be sure to fully engage your abs so you do not bother or hurt your back.
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Engage Your Glutes
Your glutes act as a powerful force that drives your fitness level. When you can collaborate your core and glutes together for a better rhythm of working out, then you are well on your way to achieving your optimal fitness level. Engaging your glutes helps your body stay more stable for standing, walking, or running. With more stabilization with your glutes, the more you can achieve proper running form and better posture.
Lateral leg lifts, planks, and squats are all great ways to engage your glutes. For planks, start out in a plank position before positioning yourself in a side plank. Hold your core in tight and activate your glutes and hips to laterally lift your leg up and back down. Repeat 10-15 times every repetition.
Always be mindful of your body’s capabilities and remember to warm up your body before exercising. Cold muscles will not respond as well, which can result in injury.
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If you can convince yourself to get outside, then it will be more than worth it to get outside in the cold and soak up some Vitamin D. Running outside or participating in snowshoeing, snowboarding, or skiing are all activities that can help your body stay fit all through winter.
When you activate your muscles against the cold, you build up stamina during the winter that will stay with you all through spring and summer. Do not be afraid to get outside and brave the elements for a great workout. The more you can get outside and enjoy yourself, the more you can challenge yourself to greater heights, even during the winter season.
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Enjoy the winter season that is full of warm drinks, merry holidays, and great ways to stay in shape. Do not let the cold winter weather scare you out of a great workout. Whether you are working on your abs from home, or are getting outside and soaking up the winter air, you will be well on your way to a stronger and healthier body all through the winter season.
Bethany Widdicombe is a runner at heart, a researcher by nature, and a writer by passion. Having traveled across the world, she continues to be an advocate for awareness and knowledge that empowers people to a better life. You can now find her running out on the trail, or nestled away writing her next article for Running Stats.
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