Winter Workout Routines

Written by on September 2, 2011 in Health - 2 Comments | Print this page

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Winter Workout Routines

Winter workout routines are a great way to keep yourself active when it gets cold.  No one wants to exercise when it’s cold.  You barely want to move.  But if you want to stay in shape, lose weight or improve your health, consistency is a must.  Here are a few ideas to add to your winter workout routines when the snow starts to fall.

1. Ice skating – will help you build endurance, increase stamina, improve your muscle tone, strengthen your quadriceps and hamstrings.  When done properly ice skating will also improve your posture and balance.

2. Shoveling snow – especially heavy snow, works your triceps and is demanding on your cardiovascular system. This is a great way to burn calories in the winter.

3. Skiing– will keep you warm during the cold months.  Additionally the rapid movements pump oxygen via blood vessels to your thigh, butt, calves, biceps and triceps muscles.

4. Sledding – provides a full body workout that focuses on your core and your abs.  You have to use your arms, back, legs, chest and shoulders.

5. Snowboarding – can be a great workout for those are a bit more daring.  You’ll exercise your quads, hamstrings and calves as you ride the snowboard. Areas of your body that will be strengthened include your arms, shoulders and core muscles.

 

Winter Workout Routines Precautions

You should always warm up before any type of workout.  It is especially needed for winter exercise.  Warming up your muscles even for five minutes will prepare them for the workout and may lessen your risk for injuries.  Always dress in layers (you can remove them if you get too warm), stay well hydrated and whenever possible, push the snow.

Also check out indoor workout routines for ways to stay fit indoors during the winter.

Which of these winter workout routines will you incorporate into your exercise schedule this year?

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Alana Johnson

Alana Johnson tries to enjoy the simple things in life and writes for the Lifestyle category on Quality Life Resources. Living in the small New England town of Norwalk, CT, she looks forward to the warm summer months. To submit your own article for my category, please click HERE. View all Self Improvement articles.