Winter is settling in, and here in the northeast we're about to get slammed by the first big winter storm. Many of us will be holed up in our homes due to closed or dangerous roads or just not wanting to step out in the frigid conditions to brave a trip to the gym. With short days, dark nights, snow, ice, and bone chilling temperatures it can be a major challenge to maintain a workout routine. But instead of getting cabin fever and just packing in the comfort food calories, its a great time to conquer the cold and stay fit by trying a stay at home body weight workout.
You can get a great cardio, muscle toning or total body workout with no equipment in the comfort of your own home. Whether accessing online workout videos, a DVD or making up your own workout , body weight workouts can be as, if not more, effective than traditional gym equipment workouts. In addition, body weight workouts tend to have other fitness benefits including balance and functional movement enhancement.
There are lots of choices:
Pilates Mat exercises are awesome for strengthening and toning your core (abs. back and hips) as well as improving functional mobility and flexibility. Pilates is easy to follow and appropriate for all fitness levels.
Or to burn fat and improve aerobic conditioning, try a boot camp calisthenic based workout. Exercises such as jumping jacks, squats, high knees and burpees will not only get your heart pumping but will improve functional mobility by mimicking both everyday and common sports related movements.
Squats, lunges and leg lifts tone the butt and thighs while improving knee stability. While push ups, planks and dips strengthen and sculpt the upper body and promote strong healthy bones.
If you need a little guidance or an instructor's extra push for motivation, sign up for an on-line fitness membership.
CoreFitnessByJana offers numerous on-line body weight workouts with unlimited monthly membership, including Pilates, Body Sculpting, Cardio Boot Camps and Sport Conditioning. Join now , the 1st month is Free and you can cancel at any time and never be billed. Or log in to access our free How To videos to learn some of these great body weight exercises in order to design your own workouts.
Avoid the winter chill and the risk of falling off your workout wagon with a great stay at home body weight workout!