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Developing yourself a solid wintertime workout plan

Nov. 29, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

It's easy to see why people enjoy working out alfresco, whether you are challenging your friends to a pick-up game of volleyball, testing the strength of a carabiner on the side of a cliff or jogging with your dog. But, there will undoubtedly be at least a few days this winter season when Jack Frost's arctic temperature or dangerous, icy terrain will force even the most stalwart outdoor exercise enthusiast inside. That's no reason to hibernate. Beat the winter blues (and blahs) with these brilliant tips from Life Fitness.

Bring the outside In: Many of your outdoor workouts can be tweaked to function inside. Try transitioning from outdoor boot camp to circuit training on an adjustable pulley machine.

Make a "hot" new playlist: Few things can shake up an otherwise dull workout like some new music. Harness the transformative powers of music by stocking your list with tracks that evoke warm weather and summertime celebrations. Need some inspiration? Start with Don Henley's "Boys of Summer," Buster Poindexter's "Hot! Hot! Hot!," and the ubiquitous summer 2012 anthem, "Call Me Maybe."

Try a new class: Winter is the perfect opportunity to try out a new class and a new way to work out your body. Group fitness or small group personal training also helps motivate you to show up for the camaraderie, the fun, and the benefits that accompany working out with a pro. Plus, you may meet some workout buddies to help you greet the spring thaw.

Get in the zone: If you are used to high intensity, strenuous outdoor workouts, you may think it's impossible to achieve similar results inside. Try preprogrammed cardio machine workouts that simulate hills and/or intervals and customize the settings to push you both aerobically and anaerobically. Don't forget to use a heart rate monitor; keeping track of your zones will ensure you are working hard enough but not overdoing it.

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