It can be particularly challenging to keep up a workout routine during the winter months. The cold temperatures and icy/snowy conditions force most people to take their workouts inside. This in itself can be a challenge for some people who loathe the monotony of running on a treadmill, riding a stationary bike to nowhere, or those who simply can't afford a gym membership. The decrease in sunshine and Vitamin D absorption can cause moods to turn sour (even more reason to exercise!), which can become a barrier for maintaining a regular exercise routine. Many people seem to enter a state of hibernation once winter rolls around waking up only when spring truly arrives. Yet another reason: when weather conditions are less than ideal sometimes a trip to the gym is simply too risky.
A few exercises that deserve a quick break-down:
Find a stair and step both feet up then both feet down. If you find you can handle a bit more intensity then try jumping both feet onto the stair then stepping down one foot at a time.
Starting with feet together as if standing in the middle of a clock step right forward towards 12:00. Come back to center then step right foot forward towards 1:00. Work your right foot around until you are lunging in reverse for 6:00. Switch to the left foot lunging back for 7:00. Work your way back to 12:00. (Note: 3:00 and 9:00 are side/lateral lunges.)
Start with feet hip width and arms raised out in front of chest. Bend knees lowering into a squat as arms swing back behind you. Swing arms forward and explode off the floor. Make sure to softly bend knees when landing.
Turn up your favorite tunes and get MOVING! This routine will leave you feeling accomplished and energized!