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What’s Your Winter Workout?

a woman enjoys a winter workout on the rowing machine
The rowing machine can give you a full-body workout with little pressure on your joints

Congratulations! You finally established a regular workout routine. You love the way you feel and your doctor is pleased with how your increased physical activity has improved your health. But if your typical workout includes heading outside, what do you do now that the days are becoming shorter and temperatures are dropping?

Here are a few indoor fitness activities that are fun, challenging and will give you a great all-over workout. These activities will not only help keep you fit throughout the winter months, but you’ll likely find that changing things up provides you with some renewed motivation to keep moving.

Rowing Machine

The rower at the gym can give you an amazing workout. Even though you’re seated, each stroke of the rowing machine provides a full-body workout, using almost every major muscle group with little pressure on your joints. It’s also a great cardio workout that can send your heart rate zooming.

Barre Classes

Barre combines ballet-inspired dance moves with elements of yoga and Pilates. The barre helps you stay balanced while you perform isometric strength training exercises and small range-of-motion movements. Some classes also incorporate light handheld weights. It’s a great core workout that can increase flexibility, build muscle strength and improve your posture.

Jump Rope

This childhood pastime can keep your fitness routine fresh. It strengthens the upper and lower body and burns a lot of calories in a short amount of time. If you haven’t jumped rope in a while, you may initially find the experience quite humbling. Jumping rope requires coordination, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a fun way to stay fit.

Boxing Classes

These classes can do it all. They’re good for your heart, can strengthen muscles, improve hand-eye coordination and help relieve stress. Ducking, blocking and weaving around the ring gives you a full-body workout that can blast up to 600 calories an hour.


Originating in India thousands of years ago, yoga focuses on breathing and movements that help the body stretch and release areas of tension, increasing flexibility. It’s good for your mind and your body.

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