Are you the type of person who prefers to hibernate during winter, but still eat as much as you like and burn calories at the same time? For many of us, it’s difficult to find inspiration to get out from under our warm duvets let alone exercise when it’s cold or wet outside.
Come rain or shine, life carries on and for your body’s metabolism, its business as usual - calories in, and calories out. In fact, the heat generated by burning calories and exercising is what keeps you warm in winter not forgetting keeping off unwanted weight.
So what if exercising outdoors just isn’t an option and you really don’t like the gym? Bev Baker is the resident fitness expert for Commander HQ (an online sports and lifestyle gear and apparel store). She shares some of the top indoor workouts that will excite you to keep moving.
If gyms aren’t for you, then Body 20 EMS (Electro Muscle Stimulation) is a great option. It mimics the natural action of your central nervous system, sending electrical impulses to contract your deep muscle fibres. In just a 20-minute training session, your personal trainer will put you through a customised 1 on 1 program – giving your body over 150 times more muscle contractions than a conventional workout. Training sessions can differ depending on your level of fitness and goals. From low impact to high intensity, every program is customised. Strong contractions and dynamic exercises results in the best workout for activating deep muscle hypertrophy.
This is the ideal workout for anyone who can’t bring themselves to exercising outdoors in winter. The best thing about hot yoga is that it’s done in a room that is heated to 35 – 42 °C. The type of yoga practised depends on the studio you join, but it can vary from Vinyasa or Bikram to Hatha and Ashtanga. In fact depending on the yoga instructor you might experience up to twenty-six postures in a ninety-minute class. The classes are designed to help you clear your mind while burning calories at the same time. Expect to stretch, strengthen and open shoulder blades and hip flexors. The heat warms the body up helping you stretch beyond your flexibility without the risk of injury.
CrossFit is done indoors, and is based on Functional Movements (like squatting, lifting, pushing, pulling. All workouts combine gymnastics, weightlifting and metabolic conditioning which are varied and performed at high intensity giving you a workout that is tough. The point of CrossFit is to push you to your uncomfortable zone, which is when the work really begins. No pain, no gain. While it challenges the world’s fittest, the CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual, regardless of experience. The same routines are used for elderly individuals with heart disease and professional cage fighters.
Trampoline fitness classes will take you back to your childhood the minute to jump on the net. It’s not just fun but can offer you a full body workout. You can choose from high to low impact classes that work your core and challenge your balance. It’s also far less strenuous on your joints compared to running or aerobics. Using the trampoline takes up to 80% off the stress of your weight-bearing joints. Bouncing forces you to become more aware of your centre of gravity therefore improving your pelvic floor muscles.
Dancing the night away in a club to house music is one of the best ways to burn calories. However real club environments don’t promote healthy living especially when you end up missing sleep and exposing yourself to secondary smoke. This is why Clubbercise has become so popular in Australia and the UK. 45 minute classes are held in gyms, that simulate a rave or night club with house music, UV and colour lights and glow sticks! One class burns 600 calories and is ideal for beginners and fitness fans alike, bring it on! South Africa is yet to see this trend kick off here, but it’s probably on its way. In the meantime, turn down the lights, switch on your favourite music tracks and get dancing.
Achieving your fitness goals before summer is possible with so many indoor options available. Be sure to consult your doctor before signing up for any these classes, as not all of them might you’re your body’s needs or capabilities. Also be sure to equip yourself with the right gear to help you achieve your goals. Workout gear that is comfortable, breathable and sweat absorbent is best.
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