Fun Winter Exercise Ideas

​Don't let the cold weather stop you from meeting your weekly exercise goals. Keep moving this winter with these fun activities.

Take your favorite warm-weather sports indoors

Whether it's swimming, cycling, playing tennis or rock climbing, you can continue to participate in some warm-weather sports in the winter by moving the action indoors. You can do this at your local gym, aquatic club, tennis club or indoor rock climbing facility. You may have to purchase a membership, so ask about winter memberships or special offers for families or senior citizens. 

Play in the snow or on the ice

You can burn a lot of calories during a day of downhill skiing, snowboarding or ice skating. Cincinnatians have several options for a day on the ice or slopes. Aside from several indoor ice rinks, the Fountain Square Ice Rink is an outdoor ice arena that operates until Presidents Day. Cincinnati is also close to several ski and snowboarding slopes and snow tubing parks where the "snow" is always falling.

Though you can bring your own equipment, you don't have to invest in a pair of skates or skis. Most rinks and parks rent equipment to visitors, but call before you go just to be sure.

Warm up with hot yoga

Those who practice hot yoga say it improves flexibility and raises your heart rate, making it a little more challenging than a regular yoga class. It takes place in a hot, humid room that is typically heated to around 100 degrees Fahrenheit so be prepared to do a lot of sweating. Staying hydrated is key, so be sure to drink plenty of water before class. Bring a bottle of water with you to class as well as a towel, and dress for the heat. Though some yoga studios provide yoga mats, you may want to consider bringing your own.

Note: Pregnant women should not do hot yoga. Consult your doctor before participating in hot yoga, especially if you have a history of heatstroke, have heart disease or cannot tolerate high temperatures.

Kick-start your new year's resolution with boot camp

If "get in shape" is on your list of new year's resolutions, fitness boot camp might be an ideal way to make it happen. Boot camp is for anyone who is serious about making major changes in their fitness level and lifestyle. You'll work with a personal trainer in a group setting. Group classes are a great way to meet your fitness goals while having fun. You may need to pay for a membership, so ask about any discounts or offers for the new year.

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