Hate The Cold? Here Are 5 Easy Ways To Get Fit Indoors

Finding the motivation to exercise can be difficult at the best of times, and even worse when the weather turns cold. The colder fall and winter temperatures can make it easier to stay under the covers than getting up to do that run. If you hate the cold, you’re not alone, and luckily there are some great ways for you to get fit without having to step outside your front door. Here are five effective ways to exercise indoors.

1. Interval training

You might think that you need to head to an expensive gym class to have a go at interval training or circuits, but you can do them easily at home yourself with a few bits of equipment or even your own body weight. Download an interval training app, choose a selection of exercises and set the timer! This is a great way to get a HIIT workout in if you’re short on time, as well as being able to help you target different body areas.

2. Yoga

No matter how experienced you are, you can easily practice yoga from the comfort of your living room. All you need is a mat or a comfortable floor space, some instruction and you’re all set! There are some great classes available online or through YouTube, and you can check out this Yoga 101 guide to make sure you have everything you need to get started. The ideal activity to start or end the day, yoga will improve your flexibility and balance as well as being an excellent form of meditation.

3. Spin class in your living room

Spin classes are a fun and fast-paced way to start the day, but who wants to venture out in the dark at 5am to get to a class? Take a look at some of the best stationary bike reviews and find a good model for your home and put together your own spin class routine to get you pumped in the morning. Make sure you get a funky playlist together and start pedaling!

4. Equipment-free weight training

You don’t need a gym full of weights to help you tone your muscles. There are plenty of exercises that you can do at home that simply involve using your own body to develop strength and muscle tone. Take a look at some effective bodyweight exercises that will get you leaner and stronger without having to set foot in the gym.

5. Step to it!

If you’ve got steps in your home, make the most of them by performing step-based exercises that will get your heart pumping and help you give your body a good overall workout. Even if you haven’t got stairs, you can always buy a cheap step from eBay or Amazon and do your own step aerobics class at home. Invest in some hand weights (or fill up some water bottles) to boost your workout further. Using the things you already have in your home will save you money, but still provide you with an effective workout.

 

With all these great indoor workout ideas, who needs a gym? Put a stop your winter workout wimp-out excuses and start exercising indoors instead.

Healthy on the outside, a mess on the inside

I was a fat kid.  I was teased relentlessly for it, and in sixth grade, I discovered this great thing called exercise, and I lost over twenty pounds.  It felt like a miracle!

The thing was, though, I was skinny fat.  I hated vegetables.  I didn’t eat much fruit.  And I loved carbs almost as much as I loved fast food.  I discovered that I could eat what I wanted to, if I just did enough aerobic exercise.  And so I did that, for a really long time.  It didn’t matter that I felt yucky as in always, always tired, and that I got headaches constantly.  All that seemed to matter to me was that I appeared healthy on the outside.

Even as I was destroying myself on the inside.

It caught up to me.  Autoimmune diseases are knocking on my door.  I’m not that dummy who says, “Huh, how did that happen?”  I’ve had a conscience about this for years.  For the last decade at least (told you I’ve been doing this for a while), I’ve been feeling guilty.  I felt like an addict:  after every cheeseburger and French fries from McDonald’s that I consumed, I’d tell myself it was for the last time.  Next time I was hungry, I’d eat a carrot.  Except I didn’t.

Joint pain, fatigue, and abnormal blood tests made me change my life around.  I eat healthy now.  Not that I didn’t throw a million tantrums in the grocery store when I realized EVERYTHING I ate before had tons of sugar, gluten, or chemicals in it.  The first three months were the hardest, but I’d allow myself one cheat day a week, and I discovered after eating clean, I no longer liked the processed junk.  I no longer understand why I liked it to begin with.  And I feel amazing.  I feel young, even if the date on my license tells me that I’m not.

My eating habits have reflected my spiritual life more times than I’d like to admit.  I’d nurse that anger, focus on the negatives rather than the positives, focus on myself rather than consider anyone else’s needs, and overall let myself slip into habits that I knew weren’t necessarily practices I was proud of.  But I still went to church.  I still read my Bible.  I still prayed (if praying, “Please let this crazy annoying driver in front of me turn left while I turn right” counts).

Semi healthy on the outside.

While decaying on the inside.

If doing the wrong thing makes us feel so horrible, and doing the right thing makes us feel so amazing, why do we keep chasing the wrong choices?  For me, it was about habit.  And comfort.  Familiarity makes me feel safe.  And, to be brutally honest, because I am, you know, incredibly lazy.  So much so that it sometimes frightens me.

Creating my own illnesses scared me straight.  I realized I was poisoning myself by being so lazy that I wouldn’t look up new recipes or buy unfamiliar produce or try something new.  And each time I go out of my comfort zone and smile at a stranger and ask them about their day or do something selfless, I understand that my spiritual life is the same type of thing.  While I may know what nourishes my body, it does no good until it is what I choose to consume.  And while I may know the difference between wrong and right, it doesn’t do any good until I choose to engage in the better choices.

I don’t want to be fake.  I want to be as real as I can be from my soul outward, and I want to shine a light that makes other lives better.  Religious practices mean nothing if you aren’t communicating with the Savior and putting yourself out there as His vessel.  What is right isn’t always easy.  But it is always worth it.

But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it-he will be blessed in what he does.  James 1:25 (NIV)

Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins

Beauty Inside and Out

Beauty Inside and Out

By: Stefani Allegretti

Burt's Bees natural beauty products

Burt's Bees natural beauty products

Most of us like to look and feel our best and sometimes that calls for a little extra help from beauty and personal care products, like lotions or cosmetics. Unfortunately, today, there are many cosmetics or beauty products that contain ingredients that we really don’t want to be putting on our skin and ultimately in our bodies. Luckily, there are numerous products that are not only 100% natural, but effective as well.

One amazing company that offers natural skin care, beauty products and personal care products is Burt’s Bees. Burt’s Bees offers impressive lines of products such as lip balms, facial cleansers, moisturizers and more, and they are 100% natural, sulfate free and even earth friendly. One great Burt’s Bees product is the Burt’s Bees lip shimmer. These 100% natural shimmers come in a variety of inventive colors such as raisin and fig and they are infused with aromatic peppermint oil which is good for your lips and your body.

Some other great Burt’s Bees products you’ll be sure to need, especially for the summer are Burt’s Bees SPF 15 sunscreen with hemp seed oil and Burt’s Bees After Sun Soother, Aloe And Linden Flower. Both of these summer essentials contain great natural oils and ingredients, are chemical free and do not contain parabens or phthalates.

There are several other great natural beauty and personal care products to choose from out there. Just remember to read the ingredients labels and enjoy your health and beauty inside and out!