When it comes to cardio in the winter, it seems like everybody has an excuse not to do something. It’s too cold out. Roads are bad, can’t get to the gym, or I only do cardio in the summer time (believe it or not I’ve heard this more than a few times). The reality is, life doesn’t stop, and being committed to a healthy lifestyle means eliminating excuses! Yes winter can make cardio a little less fun, and if you’re anything like me doing cardio on a treadmill, elliptical or spinning can be extremely boring!! The good news is there are many ways to get a quality cardio workout without having to use any cardio equipment.
One effective indoor workout is Tabata. If you have a personal trainer, I’m sure you have done this before. If not, it’s probably coming so be prepared! Tabata is basically interval training. You’re working really hard for a short period of time to increase the heart rate, and take a short time to recover just a little bit, but still keeping your heart rate in the proper zone. A typical Tabata can be performed 8 sets, 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off for each exercise.
Another fun way is to do a fire drill! Very similar to a cross-fit type workout, but can be done at your home. There are multiple ways to do a fire drill, but you want to pick about 4 or 5 exercises that are fast paced, and get your heart rate up. After you have picked your exercises you want to choose if you want reps or time. If using reps continue each exercise as fast as you can until you complete the reps. After you complete those reps, you move to the next exercise as fast as you can! To do a fire drill with time, you would pick the same type exercises except you have a set time for each exercise. For example, if you were to have 5 exercises at 60 sec each, your fire drill would last about 5 minutes, take a little break and repeat! Doing 5 complete sets of these, you would have accomplished a 25 min cardio workout without using a treadmill or elliptical!
When performing these routines, keep a few things in mind. Remember the point of cardio is to elevate your heart rate, so picking an exercise like bicep curls is probably not the best choice to get your heart rate up. Think MULTIPLE MUSCLES and BIG MUSCLES!! So using your leg muscles is a must for any type of cardio!! Also make sure you have your heart rate monitor so ensure you are in your proper zone, and maximizing results!!
This winter take it to the next level and try something different!! Eliminate excuses! Have fun doing it! And enjoy a better you!