Top Alternative Winter Workouts

Don't let the cooler weather and darker days put you off your health and fitness regime for the year. Follow these tips to stay in shape!

As the temperature cools down and the evenings get darker, many of us may find ourselves shaking up our fitness routines in order to accommodate the changing season.

What works well during summer can be completely different in winter - after all, no one likes running in the pitch black with rain pouring down on them. Take a look at these 2 alternatives to find a fitness regime that suits the season:

Swim indoors

Swimming has a plethora of health benefits, and just because the weather's getting cooler it doesn't mean you have to retire your cossie to the back of the wardrobe.

The sport can do everything from easing joint pain through to building fitness and improving mental health, according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and its low impact nature makes it perfect for pregnant women, older people and anyone with back or knee problems. 

Head down to your local pool for some freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke a few times a week - your body will thank you for it. 

Work out in your lunch hour

They say abs are made in kitchens, not in the gym, but if you are committed to keeping your body in tip-top condition, you'll need to blend healthy eating with a solid fitness regime. For those short on time, one of the best ways to fit in regular workout sessions is by scheduling exercise during your lunch hour.

People who exercise during the working day are more likely to return to work happier and more productive, according to a 2008 study called 'Exercising at work and self-reported work performance'. If you only get half an hour as a break, you can still fit in a brisk walk around the block and a few lunges and sit-ups in a park. Longer lunch breaks may allow you to hit the gym or go for a run around the city.

Want more fitness tips? Click here.

Want more? We thought you might like this video.


Sign Out

Join the Conversation

Please note, LifeStyle cannot respond to all comments posted in our comments feed. If you have a comment or query you would like LifeStyle to respond to, please use our feedback form.