3 Easy Ways to Get in Substantial Cardio this Winter Without Having to Hit the Gym

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).

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Aerobics

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.

Author: Kat

Kat is a married mom of three kids aged 15, 7, and 4 that lives close to Birmingham, AL. She loves cats, books, cooking, hockey (especially the Chicago Blackhawks & Pittsburgh Penguins), and watching movies. She is an admitted nerd, comic book lover, action figure & barbie doll collector, blackjack dealer, beginner croupier, and all around queen of the dorks. You can reach her at everydimecounts@gmail.com to talk about product reviews, press trips, sponsorships, or brand messaging.

30 thoughts on “3 Easy Ways to Get in Substantial Cardio this Winter Without Having to Hit the Gym”

  1. Great post!
    I try and squeeze in my 30 minute workout during nap time.
    It’s the only way I have found with little ones at home that I can actually get a work out in.
    All I need is a yoga mat and a DVD player and I am set!

  2. Great tips. Love the cute cartoon. The idea is to keep moving. I make sure to get in at least 30 minutes on the treadmill daily. I also get my weight lifting routine in every other day, it burns calories big time.

  3. Good ideas. The only exercise I like doing is running outdoors. It’s a no-go this time of year and my pants are tight as a result. Didn’t think about jump rope. I could do that while catching up with the DVR. 🙂

  4. Great tips! And just in time to shed those extra holiday pounds and get in shape. I need to get my booty moving on that and this is great motivation!

  5. While I prefer to go to the gym, sometimes I’m not able to. Thanks for sharing some great ideas for working out at home.

  6. You wouldn’t think that a trampoline would provide the high amount of cardio that it does! It’s amazing!

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