By: Trainer Amy Hohman
As the cold weather approaches, many outdoor exercisers dread the idea of moving their workouts indoors. The following tips may help:
- Try a gradual approach to moving indoors: try moving inside for 1-2 days per week will make the adjustment easier.
- View this as a beneficial change; an opportunity to surprise the musculature and maximize effectiveness.
- Find something you enjoy and feel comfortable doing indoors. Replicating the workout such as walking/running around the track or using a recumbent bike is one option. Or, try something new such as a new strength training routine or a group exercise class in our extraordinary Fitness Club at the Recreation Center of Highland Park.
- Switching up your workout has benefits that reach beyond the physiological. Adopting a flexible lifestyle in sports and exercise can lead to increasing your emotional flexibility. Further, if you are used to exercising alone outdoors, entering a social setting such as a gym may limber up social skills.
- Changing temperatures are inevitable. Look at this as not “bad” or “good” but a chance to vary a familiar routine or to try something new!