Winter Workouts: Stay Fit during the Cold Weather

We’ve all fallen victim to the winter rut at one time or another. The couch becomes your best friend and being physically active doesn’t seem to be as much of a priority with swimsuit season so far away. But no matter the season, staying physically active is always important. When University of Colorado researchers studied a group of twelve women and six men in both summer and winter, they discovered that their production of ATLPL, a chemical that promotes fat storage, almost doubled during the winter and dropped during the summer. Simply said, the most vital time to stay active is actually during the winter months and many studies support that all you need is 30-minutes of activity a day to keep your body and mind in a healthy state. As the level of difficulty to workout increases when the outside temperature decreases, here are a few suggestions for winter workouts that will help you to stay fit in the cold weather:

INDOOR CYCLING CLASS

Indoor cycling classes are a great way to get a full-body workout in a short amount of time. University Recreation offers cycling classes five days a week with multiple classes offered each day. The combination of an instructor and a hype playlist will help you to stay motivated throughout your workout and push your muscles to the limit. These classes are sure to make you break a sweat and get your heart pumping and all you need is a short 55-minutes.

DANCE CLASSES

In case cycling doesn’t sound appealing to you, there is always different options for staying active. There are four Group Fitness dance classes at University Recreation. Cardio Dance incorporates high intensity cardio, as well as basic choreography to make a fun, interactive class. Dance and Sculpt is a dance fitness base while also incorporating exercises for sculpting and strengthening your body in only 55 minutes. We have two ZUMBA® classes, the dance class as well as the step class. ZUMBA® is a Latin-inspired dance workout that uses footwork and rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and Reggaeton. ZUMBA® step incorporates the same rhythms and also a step platform to add different footwork combinations. Any of these dance options are a fun way to switch up your workout!

PILATES

Believe it or not, Pilates is one of the best ways to get your heart rate pumping. This full-body workout is a double whammy; it’s great for toning and shaping as well as lengthening and strengthening your muscles. Take these winter months to focus on realigning and strengthening your body so when the season of outdoor runs and bike rides comes back around those cardio exercises don’t seem so difficult.

It’s easy to put off working out in the winter. The combination of cold weather and early sunsets does make curling up on the couch much more appealing than hitting the gym. Push yourself to devote just 30 minutes of physical activity a day and your body will surely thank you.

The strength of the wolf is the pack.

Sara