If you think you have to go to a gym in the winter time to beat the cold and get in shape, you may want to reconsider that line of thinking. You can get a substantial workout in the winter and at home, but you need to know a few things before you get started.
One, a workout consists of a stretching period (about two minutes), a warm up period (about five minutes), a cardio section of about 30-45 minutes, a strength training period of at least 20 minutes, and a cool down lasting five minutes.
Two, if you're new to working out, you should do this type of routine at least three times a week. If not, at least five times a week. For a beginner, strength exercises should be between 10-15 reps and for others you should aim for 30 reps.
Three, you can break up your workout during the day to help achieve all of these goals, but be sure to stretch, warm up, do cardio, strength, and cool down each time. Just break up the times (for example, 10 minutes of cardio, instead 0f 30) in each session and do enough sessions to make up the whole time needed (like three sessions of 10 minutes of cardio).
You can do aerobics even without the videos or the stretchy outfits. Just get comfortable and get moving! Seriously, that's what most aerobics consist of, but if you want something more streamlined and focused, check out free videos online to get a basic understanding of an aerobics routine. The great thing about this is that they incorporate all of the elements of a workout into one routine!
Develop a specialized routine
This is super simple to do and ensures you choose exercises that fit into the above formula, as well as into your lifestyle and schedule. Choose five short exercises to do for a stretch, and then another five for the warm up. Then choose a mix of strength training and cardio exercises that you can do back-to-back to keep your heart rate up as you power through your workout. Then, develop a quick cool down workout to get you stable before doing anything else. When developing your workout, be sure to include exercises for abs, back, chest, shoulders, arms, legs, neck, and buttocks.
Trampoline and Jump Rope
A small trampoline and a jump rope are two simple pieces of equipment to purchase and use at home. There are multiple exercises to do with these, and you can find many places online that will give you tips on how to make the most of your exercise routines with these pieces. The best part about them, though, is that they are fun! Plus, they are a lot cheaper to purchase than treadmills and other large exercise equipment.