4 wonderful winter workouts

If the wintry cold weather means that the last thoughts on your mind are outdoor activities and pursuits but you really have the urge to burn those extra  calories, we’ve put together some ideas for indoor winter workouts to help you keep fit and healthy throughout the winter months:

1. Spinning

If you enjoy cycling in fine weather but the paths and roads are too wet or icy, try a spinning class. Spinning is a great way to keep fit whilst cycling at your own pace, as fast or as slow as you feel comfortable. Spinning really helps to burn calories, usually between 300 and 500 per hour. Try out a spinning class at your local gyms or fitness centre.

2. SmartBells

If you are looking for a muscle building exercise, try SmartBells. Designed as an alternative fitness tool to the dumbbell, SmartBells have a circular shape with two oval cut-outs for handles. Ranging weight from 1½ pounds up to 12 pounds and more, SmartBells can be used at home or by joining a class. Circular and rotational movements using the SmartBells work the entire body including all major muscle groups. Exercises and movements using SmartBells can be quite similar to those of yoga, martial arts, golf and tennis. To find out more about SmartBells, visit: www.thinkfit.com.

3. Zumba

If you enjoy high energy dancing, try Zumba, inspired by Latin dance, Zumba is a fitness program developed by dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez which was developed in Colombia. Zumba music is a major part of a Zumba class. Workouts are focused on toning, strengthening or cardio, and aim to target every major muscle group in the body. Zumba includes dance styles such as: Flamenco, Cha-cha-cha, Samba, Belly Dancing, Bhangra, Hip-hop and Tango. Zumba classes take place at gyms and fitness sessions. If you prefer to exercise from home, there are number of good Zumba DVDs on the market.

4. Qigong

Qigong’s literal translation is “Life Energy Cultivation”, a form of gentle exercise where movements are repeated, strengthening and stretching the body, increasing fluid movement (blood, synovial, and lymph), enhancing balance whilst also building an awareness of how the body moves through space. Practiced throughout China and also on a more worldwide basis, qigong is considered by some to be exercise, and by others to be a type of alternative medicine. To find out more about qigong, visit the Qigong Institute’s website.

 

 

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