Getting your regular workouts in can deter those winter blues and help your mind and body feel much better. You don’t have to be restricted to taking group exercise classes and going to the gym though.
Here are some creative and alternative ideas for indoor winter exercise options.
Ryan Healy is a personal trainer for the Lynch/van Otterloo (LVO) YMCA in Marblehead. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, and earned her BS in Exercise Sports Science from Elon University.
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1. Rock climbing
Many local health clubs and facilities offer indoor rock walls where you can use your strength, balance, coordination, and logic to help you ascend to the top. A wonderful workout for the body and mind. Three great climbing gyms in the area include Boston Rock Gym in Woburn, Metro Rock in Everett, Brooklyn Boulders Somerville, and Rock Spot Climbing in Boston. This website also lists other options across Massachusetts. Next
From traditional laps, to playing with your kids, or water running, there are many options when it comes to pools. Swimming is great for so many different body shapes, sizes, and conditions because of its low impact on the joints. Most local YMCAs, JCCs, and various health clubs like the Boston Athletic Clubs all offer access to Olympic pools. Next
4. Jumping rope
If your joints can handle it, jumping rope can be a fabulous way to fit in cardiovascular exercise. Try skipping for 30 seconds then resting for a minute, and repeating that 8-10 times in an interval format. Here’s a great video demonstrating 7 different ways to jump and keep things interesting. Next
6. Trampoline park
For something a little different and a lot of fun, try an indoor trampoline park. Not only is it a great place to exercise with your kids, it can make a really fun date too. There are different games you can play including dodge ball or basketball, and there’s even a foam pit to jump into. Whether you choose just to jump or to participate in any of the sports, you’ll be sweating and moving the whole time! Next
7. Stair intervals
What’s more classic then running up a set of stairs like Rocky until you’re huffing and puffing?
Try running up and down a flight of stairs for a minute and then stop to catch your breath. Once your breathing has slowed down and you could hold a conversation if you needed to without sucking wind, repeat the stair climb again for another minute. Try this anywhere from 8-12 times. If you want to make it more challenging, add in a few bodyweight exercises once you get to the bottom of the stairs (after the minute ends) like squats, push-ups, lunges, planks, or burpees. Next
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