Rain is one of the most popular excuses for skipping a workout. At least it is for me. But having a good back-up plan for those days when the weather is bad can help you stay on track and keep your commitment to stay active.
Here are some tips to staying active, even when it’s pouring outside:
1. Join a gym. Gym memberships are a great way to stay active in any types of weather. Besides the treadmill and other cardio equipment, most gyms also have indoor tracks. So, on those rainy days when you can’t walk or run outside, go to the gym and take a lap around the indoor track.
2. Do a workout video. With the internet, workout videos are easy to find. There’s a workout video for all types of fitness from ballet to kickboxing and even walking videos. When you’re stuck inside, find one that interests you and is on your fitness level.
3. Get your groove on. If you like to dance, like me, turn up the music and bust a move. Or, you can take a Zumba class nearby or find a dance workout video online. Don’t worry about keeping the beat, just let the music move you. If you don’t like to dance in front of others, or you can’t dance, do it at home. No one’s watching, except maybe the nosy neighbor (so, close the blinds first).
4. Play an active game. Gaming systems, like the Wii, have fitness options you can buy. This is a great way to get the whole family involved in staying active indoors. Other active games, such as Twister and musical chairs, are also good options for staying active while also being fun to do.
5. Clean-up. Being stuck indoors is a great time to do some spring (or summer) cleaning. Vacuuming and mopping the floors can burn a lot of calories. Get your arms into the workout by scrubbing, dusting and polishing the furniture. Start those projects you’ve been putting off for another day: clean-out the garage and go through that closet, finally throwing away those clothes you haven’t worn in years. Trust me, those bell-bottoms and tie-dyed shirts are not making a comeback.
6. Grab your rain gear. If it’s a light drizzle, put on that raincoat, grab your umbrella and go for a walk around the neighborhood.
7. Call HomeFit. Rain or shine, our trainers will come to your home and train you. They’ll provide all the equipment you need and turn your living room into a gym or yoga studio. Click here to schedule a consultation and free session.