You’re not imagining it, winter is still here. There is no daylight when your alarm clock goes off in the morning, the sun sets literally minutes after you get off work and you have logged like a gazillion miles on your treadmill, all signs that winter is still here. It’s really no surprise that you have lost motivation, only to be found again in the spring. But this isn’t an excuse to stray from exercise resolutions or otherwise lose your workout mojo.
It’s a good thing your Metairie chiropractor has come up with a list of calorie-crushing workouts that can be done when the weather is a bummer. In fact, these exercises are so awesome, you might be tempted to do them all year round.
Hit the Wall
Rock climbing is a great workout, even if it is a rock climbing wall inside a gymnasium. This is a non-traditional workout for those who want to exercise their arms, legs and mental strength. Scaling these type of walls increases your heart rate and can burn up to 600 calories an hour. But save the bragging until you have reached the top.
You might love watching other people dance. After all, competitive dance shows are dominating the world of reality television. But what you might not realize is that if you get up off that couch and dance, it is a great way to keep both your body and mind healthy this winter.
Studies show that dancing helps you lose weight, reduces stress and make friends. Dancing instills grace and it helps you age gracefully. You see, studies suggest dancing may boost your memory and prevent you from developing dementia as you age.
The arabesques and plies ballet dancers practice aren’t just for aesthetics, they reduce stiffness and increase flexibility. You don’t need ballet slippers to reap the benefits of dancing, increase your flexibility and ease joint pain by practicing simple ballet stretches in the comfort of your own home.
Lace Up the Gloves
Make like Rocky Balboa and give boxing a try. A few rounds in the ring provides a full-body workout as you jab, dodge, duck and land a massive roundhouse punch. Boxing is more about technique than experience, so it’s quite all right if you have never stepped in a ring before.
The purpose of yoga is to create harmony, awareness and strength in both the mind and the body. At a physical level, yoga helps improve balance, strength, flexibility and endurance. On a psychological level, yoga cultivates mindfulness by shifting your awareness to the thoughts, sensations and emotions that accompany a given pose.
Yoga is also a great workout that burns calories and tones muscles.
Find the nearest indoor trampoline park and unleash your inner kid. This bouncy favorite is a very popular fitness craze, because it’s more than just super fun. Just six minutes on a trampoline is equal to running a mile. And thanks to its low-impact cushioning, you save a lot of wear and tear on your joints.