When winter comes around, a lot of people hibernate and eat more; which is a recipe for disaster if your goal is to stay fit and healthy. It’s hard for most people to leave the comfort and warmth of their bed, couch or just their home, in general, and go and work out at the gym.
The good news is that you don’t have to get an expensive gym membership in the first place and even if you have gym membership, you don’t have to fight through some snow and cold weather to go and get your work-out.
The following are some ways that you can get your work out in without having to pay a membership fee or maybe even not have to leave your home.
Burns 374 calories in 30 minutes
The typical runner’s shape is sleek and lean, and there’s a reason for that: The major running muscles — legs, butt, core — happen to be the biggest calorie-and-fat-burning muscles in your body.
To get the most out of each stride, swing your arms close to your body, don’t lean forward, and keep your feet low to the ground. To lessen impact, land on the middle of your foot, then roll through to your toes.
Boost the burn: Alternate fast and slow intervals, or take to the hills.
2. Jumping rope
Burns 340 calories in 30 minutes
You knew this workout had to be high on the list. After all, it’s one of pro boxers’ favorite ways to train.
To get the most from each jump, use a rope with handles that reach to just under your armpits when you stand on the middle of it, and follow these top-form tips: Jump with your feet slightly apart and body upright, and keep your jumps low to the ground. Don’t have a rope? You’ll get the same benefits by doing the movements rope-free.
Boost the burn: Frequently switch up your speed (slow, fast) and style (jumping with one foot, then two feet), or jump rope while you jog.