20 Awesome Indoor Exercises For When The Weather Is Bad

Spin Class

Spin Class

If it's winter outside, it can often make riding impractical, if not, very dangerous. Spin class is a very good alternative and you get to spend the time with a bunch of like-minded people to keep you motivated.

Oh yeah, and you don't need a helmet.

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming burns calories and gives you a surprisingly intense workout without the burden of two very important things; 1) you're not going to feel too much sweat dripping in to your eye balls and 2) (most importantly) you'll get that exercise without the weight of your body causing friction for your bones and joints, as you would if you were running.



Bodyweight Training

Bodyweight Training

Most people associate a workout with some type of equipment, but aside from the fact that you're probably going to want to wear pants, bodyweight training requires nothing but the weight of your body (obviously).

Indoor Rock Climbing

Indoor Rock Climbing

Of course, since this whole list is about exercises you can do indoors, it might seem unnecessary to mention that this is "indoor rock climbing". But say "rock climbing" by itself and... well, whatever.

Indoor rock climbing is becoming more and more popular perhaps because it offers it all; physical workout for the whole body, mental workout, a sense of competition (if you're trying to get to the top faster than your friend) and you're burning calories while having fun.



Ice Skating

Ice Skating

This isn't just for kids, hockey players and pro skaters Let's be honest, lacing up the skates is a whole lot of fun. The bonus is that it can really give you a great workout too.

Dancing

Dancing

There's all sorts of dance styles that you can get involved in, as the whole dance-to-get-fit thing has seen a resurgence in recent times. If you really can't find a studio near your home, there's DVDs and a little thing called YouTube.



Boot Camp

Boot Camp

This one is pretty self-explanatory, however, you might think that most of these are conducted at your local park, beach, etc, however, that would defeat the purpose of this list. The truth is that during the winter months, you're just as likely to find these conducted indoors.

The motivational factor from instructors and fellow boot campers is a fantastic way to get/stay fit over the cooler months.

Boxing

Boxing

You don't have to be an actual boxer to get use the sport to get fit. Most training facilities run boxing classes which have you doing boxing-related exercises as opposed to bashing each other in the face, meaning you can still go to work on Monday without a black eye.

You'll churn through the calories while having a surprising amount of fun.



Yoga

Yoga

Those who know the merits of yoga already may have told you about it, however, for whatever reason there is a slight stigma which faces yoga that somehow, it's a bit too new age-y and not really an actual workout. The truth is, many pro athletes include yoga as part of their training regimen. There is a real reason for this...

Tai Chi

Tai Chi

Tai chi is perhaps a little understood sometimes, too. It's basically deep breathing exercises (perhaps a little like yoga) combined with low-intensity martial arts moves. It means that most able-bodied people can take part as it usually isn't overly intense. It's great for everything from helping your blood flow to stress and anxiety management.



Pilates

Pilates

So many of us that workout regularly spend so much time working on our upper bodies and reluctantly struggling through leg days, that we forget about our cores. Then, there's those who'll tell you all about the benefits of pilates. Perhaps winter is the tme to start looking after your core ...and your booty!

Trampolining

Trampolining

This is my absolute favorite, purely because you don't have to be at athlete-level and do flips and stuff. You can just jump around like a child with ADHD and burn calories at the same time! What's not to love?!



Dodge Ball

Dodge Ball

Yes, dodge ball. With any luck, after just a few competitive yet fun games with your friends, you'll find that you're a bit more sore than you expected to be, and in muscles that you might not ordinarily give the attention which they deserve. Hopefully, none of the soreness is in your head where you got hit!

Plyometrics

Plyometrics

To the uninitiated, plymoetrics might sound like it involves a bit too much math to burn calories. It doesn't.

 



Basketball

Basketball

There is absolutely no reason you should exclude a game of basketball. Let's be honest, we all know every thing there is to know already - but don't forget how much fun it can be or how many calories it can burn when you really get in to it.

Indoor Soccer

Indoor Soccer

If you've never given indoor soccer a go you might be really surprised just how much fun it can be. Of course, the playing area is smaller which creates a more intense and compact game. You'll forget all about how many calories you're burning.



Kickboxing

Kickboxing

Just like boxing classes for fitness, you don't actually have to take a hit or a kick in kickboxing classes (unless you want to, that is) You're doing the moves as a fun way to get fit, as part of a class of like-minded people to keep you motivated.

Kettlebell Workout

Kettlebell Workout

This is a great way to really blast some serious calories in a short amount of time. However, for many people, it's difficult to know where to start. Luckily, this video has got your covered and will tell you exactly how to do it properly.



Rowing

Rowing

Think about this; not only is rowing burning a lot of calories (and more fun than running) but it's also a bunch of other exercises combined. Break it down; there's a leg press, a dead lift and then the pull, right? It gets almost all of the muscles in your body going and as a result, your heart-rate shoots straight up there.

If you really want to blast those calories back where they came from, try doing a rowing class which will keep you motivated to go far beyond what you thought was even possible.

Weights

Weights

We couldn't complete this list without mentioning good, old-fashioned "throwing iron"! Even if you're not looking to bulk up, as long as your form is good, you'll be burning fat and calories just by going through the range of motion, even if the weights you're using aren't huge.

And for the others who like to lift heavy.... Well, go for it, but perhaps seek the advice of a trainer first.