I’ve written many times about how being well mentally and physically increases our productivity. During the cold winter, we often find ourselves confined to our homes without an option to go outside and exercise. As a result, our productivity decreases, our immune system weakens and we gain weight; weight we’ll have to lose before the winter ends.
Since jogging outside is often not an option, we’ll probably have to stay in shape during winter by opening our wallets and our schedules to trek to a gym that’s located probably 15-30 minutes of drenching rain away from our doorstep. We all know that rain equals excuse not to work out.
I prefer to save my time (and money) by using the tools and room I have around my house to maintain my cardio and metabolic rate during the winter. By applying one of these three tips you’ll be able to maintain your energy levels and physical fitness during winter while saving both time and money…
Take the stairs – It’s just outside your doorstep and it’s one of the best cardiovascular activities you’ll be able to find in any given season or environment, climbing stairs will burn fat, strengthen your muscles and help you break a sweat while you’re indoors…
Researchers found that even at a slow pace, you’ll probably burn calories three times faster climbing stairs than walking briskly on the level.
Jump rope – the best cardiovascular activity there is, period. Professional athletes use it to increase their endurance for competitions, and Wikipedia tells us that ten minutes of jumping rope is roughly the equivalent of running an eight-minute mile without leaving the comfort of your home and without risking knee injuries or catching a cold (how great is that!).
There’s a famous rope jumper we all know; his name… Rocky Balboa
Rocky jumped rope inside a cold shack in Russia (Rocky IV) to keep his heart rate at peak performance, he also climbed ridiculously high mountains, but that’s a different story. He beat his rival Ivan Drago (played by Dolph Lundgren) who used “superior” boxing training equipment to enhance his performance, so if it’s good enough for Rocky, it’s good enough for you and I. ;)
Treadmill or cycle indoors – If you have the room and you’d like to invest in a form of training that resembles your summer time activities I’d recommend you purchase a Treadmill or exercise bicycle. One of the greatest advantages you’ll get from this activity is that you’ll be able to combine tasks and listen to podcasts or watch videos at the same time (it’s harder to concentrate when you’re jumping or running up the stairs).
The hardest thing about exercising is to maintain your routine and create a habit out of it. I recently read about one of Jerry Seinfeld habit creation secrets, I think it can work for anyone and it’s a great way to achieve anything you set your mind to.
Exercising during winter indoors can save you both time and money; do you have a technique or a simple tip that helps you to stay in shape and save time during winter?