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what exercises to do in the winter?


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I normally cycle, and this helped my weight loss, but the weather has deteriated and so has my exercise and weight.

I need to figure out a type of exercise i can do during the winter, as i cant cycle during wet weather as its unsafe.

Anyone got any ideas? I don't own any gym equipment...
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Just a few ideas:

Do you have a staircase? You can walk / run up and down those.

You can buy work out videos.

Play Dance Dance Revolution.

Or join a gym. 

during the winter i love doing taebo. it is always freezing in my house and  once you get into kicking and punching i'm working up a sweat fast and don't even notice the cold anymore. plus its tons of fun and the time i'm working out goes by much faster then if i was on a treadmill. about 40-45 minute workouts for each tape.

I'm dreading winter myself.  I've gotten into a great running routine and I'm not looking forward to putting it on hold.  If I'm forced to, I'll probably kick into pilates mode.  I had a lot of success with weight loss last year by doing pilates daily- I highly recommend it.  I'm also toying with the idea of Tae Bo- if anyone could suggest a great DVD I would be very grateful.  

I'm really going to miss running, though, and I don't want to lose the endurance I've built up.  Does anyone have any winter running suggestions?  I HATE treadmills, so please don't suggest that as an alternative.  haha

depending on what kind of bike you have you may be able to invest in a piece of equipment that you mount your back tire on and it has resistance levels so you can cycle indoors :) I think they are about $100... may be something to look into. I'm not sure what they are called but they don't usually hold the bulky mtn. bike tires and I hear they wear out the tire pretty well so make sure you change the tire before you use it. Also, you could get some workout DVD's. I feel like a cheeseball doing them but I do get a good workout in. I've been working out indoors for a few months. I have free weights for lower body workouts and upper body workouts. I also have a small weight bench for the upper body stuff. I just bought an elliptical that I love but it wasn't cheap. Cheaper, but not cheap :) best of luck to you!
Those things you put the bike on are called trainers, and Nasbar carries some nice one's for under 100.  I sit on mine all winter, and I love cheesy workout tapes too!  A lot of time you don't need much room in your house to do them either.  Good luck!
I am going to plan on sledding with my son, I think climbing up a hill many times for a couple hours would be a good workout!

Other then that I think, like the others have said, I am going to try pilates...

I also was thinking about going walking/jogging anyway, just going to bundle up....and in Syracuse NY I will REALLY have to bundle up!!
Spin class! If you can get to a gym, that is. You could burn up to 700 cals/hour and it's fun! I just started and i love it.
whats spin class?

Sadly, the local council has just taken away the towns lesuire facilities (Fitness suite, swimming pool etc), so i have to go to another town to be able to go swimming and to the gym, which costs a fortune in bus fare.

thanks everyone.
Sara, I dress warm and continue walking -- at least 3 miles a day during the week and 15 miles on Saturday and Sunday.
kickboxing!!!

I love spin class too! If you can find a gym or exercise facility that offers spinning, it's a great way to stay in shape over the winter. What is spinning, you ask? Here's from wikipedia:

"Indoor cycling is a form of high-intensity exercise that involves using a stationary exercise bicycle in a classroom setting.

A typical class involves a single instructor at the front of the class who leads the participants in a number of different types of cycling. The routines are designed to simulate terrain and situations encountered in actual bicycle rides, including hill climbs, sprints and interval training. Coasting downhill, obviously, is easiest to simulate. The instructor uses music and enthusiastic coaching to motivate the students to work harder. Most instructors will lead what is called an interval ride, this is where students will sprint, run, climb, and jump all in the same ride but there will not be definable pattern to the exercises."

Give it a go- it's fun.

If you're thinking of taking the bus to the next town's gym facilities, maybe you could break it up by taking the bus to somewhere nice for hiking.   If you live near any mountains or hills, that would help keep up the calorie burning.  If you live in a snowy area, snowshoeing is good.  Used showshoes can be good.  Or cross country skiing. 
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