Posted on December 04, 2019 by Josh Puttock

As the days draw in, the mornings get darker and temperatures start to plummet, you *might* be tempted to hang up your trainers and hibernate until the New Year.

Well, we’re here to help! Staying active throughout the winter months can be tough, but also really beneficial. Not only will it mean that your fitness levels stay consistent, it can also help beat the seasonal blues and will also make you feel a little bit brighter.

We’ve put together a list of ways you can keep up your training and the best bit, it can all be done indoors! Result! So no matter what the weather, you can get your body moving in ways that feel good for you.

And at the end of the day, that’s the most important thing. There’s no point putting yourself through a cold, wet and miserable run outdoors if you know you won’t enjoy it!

Just Keep Swimming

Swimming is brilliant all-round mode of exercise. It gets your heart rate up but also removes the impact on your body. It increases endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness. It’s also a full-body workout – almost all our muscles are used during swimming! Your coordination, balance and posture will improve and, it has also been found that swimming can really alleviate stress and low-mood.

Indoor Classes/Bootcamp

The benefits of bootcamps and indoor classes are amazing. It’s one of the best ways to burn fat, raise your heart rate and keep fit. The intervals between strength training and cardio-based exercises can have you burning up to 600 calories in a one-hour session. Not only are you getting in your aerobic workout, you’ll also build muscles with weights. Working out in a class environment is also a great way to stay motivated because everyone is there for the same reason!

Indoor Cycling

Indoor cycling popped up in the 90s and has become one of the hottest workouts to date. Spin classes challenge your body and your mind. The initiative is to keep going, even when your body is telling you to stop. Indoor cycling is also a fun way to switch up your normal routine whilst keeping your sessions indoors.

You’ll be surrounded by others, great music and most likely, a great instructor. Another great benefit of indoor cycling and spin classes is that it is suitable for all ages and all fitness levels. You’re able to scale the workout to suit you. Ride your way to a healthier and happier you this winter!

By Amy Cousins – Health & Fitness Blogger