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Exercise inside when it is snowy and cold this jolly holly holiday season

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It’s too cold to go out, so we stayed in the house and exercised. Oh, snow! Oh, Joy!

It’s beginning to look a little like winter. Holiday season is upon us. Holiday time is also time to
rev the heart beat. By viewing exercise as a heart-healthy habit, it is easy to get the heart pumping in cold weather. For forty moments, jump off the couch and do exercises inside. No excuses like “it’s too cold outside to exercise.” It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s time to exercise inside!

Here are suggestions to get you motivated for an inside work-out:

1. Check out Stew Smith, a former Navy Seal and author of several fitness books. Stew has exercise routines for the indoors on the world wide web at his “Fitness Center.”

2. Try these exercises too:

  • Walking – If you have a flight of stairs, go up and down them a few times. This will help to tone up your legs, while getting some low impact aerobic exercise as well. If you don’t have any stairs available, just walk around the house a few times.
  • Jumping Jacks – These are always fun.
  • Pushups – These are probably not the most favorite exercise of many people, but while they can be hard to do, you can find easier ways to do them. Do them on your knees, instead of keeping your legs straight. Or, do them standing up against a wall. You will be building up arm strength and working out muscles in your chest area.
  • Leg Lifts – These are great for building up strength and muscles in your legs. If you find it hard to do the exercises with your legs straight, try bending them slightly.
  • Crunches – The best exercise for building up and strengthening abdominal muscles. When you’re just getting started, don’t worry about getting your head all the way up. So long as you’re going up until you feel the stretching of the muscles, you will see some benefit.
  • Jogging In Place – Jogging is a great exercise for your heart. You can jog in place at home while watching TV or listening to music. The only equipment you will require is a good pair of shoes, to eliminate any stress to your legs.
  • Squats – These are wonderful exercises for your legs and buttocks. You can even just try these by sitting and standing up again from a regular chair.
  • Light Weight Lifting – wrap bricks in soft material such as a kitchen towel or pillow case. Warp one or two like a Christmas package and tie a string around them. Now you have weights to do arm lifts.
  • Dancing – Dancing is a wonderful exercise, which is great for your heart. Turn on your favorite holiday music; start to dance and move it! Yes, you can do it! So fun!
  • Step Exercises – Using the steps in your home, you can do repetitions which will tone your leg muscles. Or just walk around the house from room to room fifty times.

3. For inside exercise, here are more great ideas from the money crashers.

Happy Heart Health to all!



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