(CARLSBAD, CA) – It’s cold. It’s raining. Looks like snow could be on the horizon. In fact, didn’t the weather forecaster just advise everyone to stay home, curl up with a good book, and lounge in a warm bubble bath?
Wintertime is certainly a season for hot cocoa and fireside chats. But, chilly winter weather doesn’t mean that you have to put your workouts on hiatus for an entire season. Sure, it’s hard to motivate yourself to keep moving when the temperature is cooler and the air is crisper. But, imagine how hard it will be to start up again if you take the next three months off from exercising altogether!
Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett offers these suggestions to keep moving in the wintertime.
Brave the Outdoors – So what if it’s snowing? Outdoor workouts in wintertime can bring great results. Blast more than 500 calories every hour while cross-country skiing. Lace up your skates and burn a whopping 450 calories in just one hour on the ice rink. And don’t forget old-fashioned sledding. You’ll burn between 400-500 calories per hour, not to mention toning your glutes and quads, as you hike uphill after every ride.
Try Something New – If the winter weather prevents you from performing your usual workout regimen, then try something different. Perhaps you’ve always taken a water aerobics class in an outdoor pool. Why not try swimming laps in an indoor pool? Or maybe you’re a cardio queen, running miles along outdoor trails on sunny days. Why not take an indoor cardio dance class on rainy or snowy days? Look at weather changes as an opportunity to vary your workout, rather than an excuse to throw in the fitness towel.
Boost Your Immunity – According to research conducted at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, adults who get regular cardiovascular exercise have fewer colds than their sedentary counterparts. So, the next time that you’re feeling sluggish, just remind yourself that your cardio regimen not only burns calories, blasts fat, and promotes heart health, but it also gives a boost to your immunity system as well.
Make Travel Plans – Going to visit family for the holidays? Make plans ahead of time to stick to a fitness regimen while you’re away from home. You don’t need fancy equipment. Bring a resistance band or a jump rope. Do a few abdominal crunches. Take a nightly walk after dinner. Anything that you do is better than nothing!
Stay Hydrated – Dehydration is often seen as synonymous with summer heat. But, dry indoor heated air can actually be more dehydrating than the outdoor air. Drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after your workouts. And remember to hydrate yourself before you actually feel thirsty.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,800 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in all 50 states and 32 countries. Choreographed to today’s hottest music, each 60-minute Jazzercise group fitness class offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, cardio box and Latin style movements. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.