Do you have a problem getting motivated to exercise when it is cold outside? If so, you are not alone. Many people have problems exercising when it is cold or rainy. For this reason, you must have a plan for working out indoors and outdoors. If you do not have a plan, you will neglect your exercise program, and your health will be compromised. As women, we must be diligent about exercising or suffer as we age. So, get up and get active with these exercise ideas:
Dumbbell Lunge and Rotation: The thighs, abdominals and hips will be targeted with this exercise. The dumbbell should be held with both hands at each end. The feet should be shoulder width apart. Then, with your right leg in front, step into a kneeling position. When the front knee is at least 90 degrees, rotate the upper torso to one side. The side chosen should be to the same side as the leg that has been used to step forward. Return to the starting position and step forward with the other leg. Alternate the movement on each side to achieve full effectiveness of the exercise.
Bodyweight Squat: The bodyweight squat requires that the feet remain shoulder-width apart. The arms should be straight in front of the body, and the weights should be held at shoulder level. The arms should be parallel to the floor, and the torso should be upright. Bend at your knees and lower your body into a starting position. Between 15 and 20 repetitions should be completed.
Side Plank: To begin this exercise, lie on your right side. Then, hold your body weight up with your right elbow and forearm. Your left hand should be propped on your left hip. Hold in your stomach and continue to breathe normally. Your hips should be raised until the body forms a straight line from shoulders to ankles. The position should be held for 30 seconds. The movement should be repeated on the other side.
When you are not motivated to travel in the cold autumn months, home gyms may come in handy. Your home gym may include: free weights, stability balls, ellipticals and treadmills. These machines provide an excellent workout when you just do not want to go outside to get exercise. Try selecting a program on the ellipticals or treadmills and exercise for 30 minutes. This will increase bone density and cardiovascular health.
Women Should Exercise in All Seasons for Good Health
Whether you are indoors or outdoors, you should be exercising for 30 minutes five to seven days per week. This will keep the body in good health. Get motivated, go outside, breathe the fresh air and exercise. You will not regret the decision to exercise when you have fewer health conditions as you age.
Jim Rollince is a member of the creating writing department of Gym Source. He enjoys writing about Fitness, Nutrition, and many other related topics.