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Ways to stay fit during the winter

For many of us, heading outside for a run, walk or bike ride during the cold months of winter is not very appealing. Yet how can we stay active and fit through this chilly season without paying for a pricey gym membership or if we’re unable to get to the gym due to COVID-19?, There are an increasing number of ways to fit in fitness in the convenience of your home, at little to no cost to you. Check out these options next time you’re looking for a new way to work out!

Exercise, no gym required.  You can do crunches, jumping jacks, and more all in the comfort of your own living room. For more ideas, check out our other posts below.

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  • Only have a few minutes to sneak in a workout? Click here to view routines based on the amount of time you have.
  • Get tips to help you fit in fitness at home, click here!
  • Help your kids stay active, too, with these fun indoor fitness ideas.
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Create a home gym. Sometimes finding time to get out of the house to work out is a challenge. Streamline your efforts by setting up a space at home to work out. If space is available, you can purchase a few key pieces of equipment, such as a stationary bike and weights. However, you can also work out with DVDs or apps at little to no cost.

Free fitness apps: There are hundreds of exercise apps available now for all kinds of exercises, from yoga and interval training to guided walks and runs. Apps like the Nike Training Club and 30 Day Fitness Challenge offer a number of free workouts to challenge your entire body, most of which can be done in your living room with no required equipment. Many others like Aaptiv offer free trials to check out their offerings before subscribing.

Online videos: Do a quick search on YouTube or fitness websites like Women’s HealthSELF or PopSugar and you’ll find a treasure trove of free workout videos. These are a great way to try new types of workouts like kickboxing, Pilates and more, all from the comfort of home.

Check out the library: Another great resource for workout videos is your local library, where you may be able to borrow fitness DVDs to take home to mix up your routine until the weather breaks.

Still want to exercise outside? Check out our tips to help you stay warm while working out in the cold here.