It’s that time of year again – when everyone starts hitting the gym. There are other options out there, though. If you’re looking for some alternative workouts during these dark winter months, here are some suggestions.
Hot yoga. Winter is the absolute best time to start taking hot yoga classes. If you’ve done yoga before, you’ll know that stretching and holding the poses, as well as the mental work that comes along with it, is a great calming way to work out. Hot yoga is the same, but with the heat turned up – literally. With the room between 85 and 105 degrees, your body is able to get deeper stretches, and you can sweat out a lot of toxins. It’s also a great way to feel warm in the chilly weather.
CrossFit. CrossFit has become extremely popular in the US in recent years and it’s a fantastic workout. If you’re interested in getting fit quickly, in a minimalist way, CrossFit could be for you. Boost your confidence by knowing you’re completing the same workout classes that people in some of the most demanding professions do.
Barre. This newish fitness trend combines the strength of yoga with the grace of ballet. An intense workout, barre is different from many traditional exercise classes in that you experience a real sense of community. The instructors guide and support you, and the workout itself is low impact. No matter how tired or not in the mood you are, you’ll feel better after a barre class, and you’ll leave feeling energized and calm.
Spinning. Another relatively new kind of class is spinning, a large indoor bicycling workout. On your stationary bike, you’ll follow along as your instructor leads you through a set of imaginary obstacles as if you were riding your actual bike. If you’re an avid bike rider, but you can’t always get out on the road in winter, a spinning class will help you stay in shape for better weather.
These are just a few of the many options that can help you get healthy and energized during the long winter months before you can get back out in the fresh air. Before you know it, spring will be here, and you’ll be able to take your fitness routine outside more often.