Stay Active Indoors
Well it’s still February and probably the colder weather is making it harder to get outside and exercise. Instead you may just want to curl up and sip something warm.
Here are some exercise tips to help you stay active indoors on those days when the weather doesn’t cooperate.
· Exercise with a friend or family member. Supporting each other’s efforts helps keep you on track. One of my students loves to go mall walking with her friend in the early morning at speed and then coming back later for some retail therapy.
· Exercise Videos. Not free, but affordable, I suggest you get at least one Video for each of the major components of fitness, aerobic/cardio, strength training, and stretching/flexibility. You can buy them online as DVD’s or download them on sites like Amazon’s Instant Video and play them on your computer, I-Pad or Smart TV. There are literally thousands to choose from and you can buy conveniently online.
· Make sure your instructor is certified by a nationally recognized certifying body like ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), ACE (American Council on Exercise), or AFAA, (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) Try to find an instructor that shares your approach to fitness. Many websites offer free clips so you can get an idea of what you’re getting before you buy. Often the best deals are 3 or 4 packs. So shop around.
· Local health clubs and community centers are offering great specials these days. Check out monthly, seasonal and yearly memberships. Or, you might want to sign up for a class or two a week.
If nothing else, exercise will lift your spirits and keep you active so when the weather gets warmer you will be in better shape to take advantage of the great outdoors.
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