As I write this it’s getting towards the end of October and the clocks are due to move backward very soon, plunging us into ever decreasing hours of daylight and colder, more wintery weather!
It’s that time of year when it gets harder to spring out of bed and the outdoor workouts become fewer and fewer. But, with a bit of forward planning your training doesn’t have to stop! You can keep moving and sweating and progressing with our Winter Warmer Home Workouts.
We offer five easy ways to make the most of your winter workout time:
1. Treadmill hills
Instead of the usual treadmill warm-up, turn up the incline and try getting your heart rate up with hill sprints. Try doing 8 sets of 20 second sprints with a 10 second rest in between each.
2. Squats with ‘bells
For those determinedly using the winter months to work on summer bodies, squats are one of the easiest and most effective exercises. You can add a kettlebell or barbell for an extra challenge. Work to a 40 second on, 20 second off ratio and try to do 3 sets.
3. Push-up challenge
With a continuously running clock, do one push up on the first minute, two on the second minute, three on the third and so on, for as long as possible. Try this push-up challenge with a workout buddy to keep each other motivated as the rest periods get shorter.
4. Big burpees
Burpees have a bad reputation for being tough, but they offer a quick, full-body workout. If you need a break between sets of the traditional move (stand, squat, push-up, jumping jack), try an easier version in-between by eliminating the push-up. And if you’re looking for an extra challenge, try switching the jumping jack to a high-knee jump.
5. Bike music
If lower intensity is what you’re looking for, then an hour on the bike will give you a workout that’s less demanding. To keep your energy up while cycling, refresh your workout playlists with some upbeat songs that fight off the winter woes.