Discover The Perfect Winter Workout For Your Home Gym

by Jackie on December 15, 2016

Your home gym may be little more than a yoga mat and a few free weights, but this doesn’t mean that your winter workout has to suffer. While you probably spend the spring and summer months soaking up sunshine and taking part in recreational activities that are just as much fun as they are sweat-inducing and good for you, getting out and staying active when the weather turns frosty can seem next to impossible. Fortunately, there are quite a few things that you can do within the comfort of your abode to build muscle, promote and maintain weight loss, and improve your overall health.

The Squat Challenge

Winter is the perfect time to get your squats in. This simple exercise can burn approximately 15 calories per minute while toning your hips, thighs and buns. It also promotes better balance and doesn’t place a tremendous amount of stress on the ankles or hips.

The Plank Challenge

The plank position looks like the top of a push-up. Hold this position for one minute or more and you’ll experience rapid and remarkable toning all across the core muscle group. Not only will you earn a trimmer waistline with the plank, but you can additionally improve your posture and create abs that better support your spine.

Boosting Your Heart Rate

If you want to expand your home gym in an effort to support a more robust and all-inclusive winter workout, focus on fitness equipment that is designed for cardiovascular exercise, especially if you have a limited budget. Treadmills, stair climbers and elliptical machines will get your heart rate up, improve respiratory endurance and keep you fit for summer and spring, without taking up a tremendous amount of space. Although every complete workout has both cardiovascular and strength-building elements, you can take care of your muscle conditioning by working against your own body weight, as you soon learn by doing your squats and holding the plank position.



Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I'm a fitness nut. I know what you're thinking, one of these people who has never been fat a day in her life, and can eat whatever she wants. The truth is I struggled with my weight growing up and lived in a household where everything seemed to be fried. Once I got away from home I realized I had the choice to eat and exercise how I wanted. I've gained a lot of insight into working as a personal trainer, and feel I can relate to others that were in my situation. I think if I can do it then you can to, and if you want to start kicking butt then hop on board and lets get started.

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