Autumn is in full swing and the winter is fast approaching. Many parts of the United States experience very cold weather that can make outside exercise impractical. As a result, it’s hard to stay in shape. Unfortunately, many people end up putting on some “winter pounds.”

Fortunately, there are several great ways to get a good workout inside. Let’s go over some exercises and techniques for staying in shape this winter.

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1. Get a Gym Membership

Gyms offer an obvious way to stay in shape. Every gym is equipped with various machines and pieces of equipment that make working out easy. Most gyms will have treadmills, weights, and other machines that will allow you to burn calories and tone muscles. All of this can be found inside, and gyms are usually well heated.

2. Take a Dip in the (Indoor) Pool

Clearly, swimming outside in the winter isn’t a good idea. However, many communities have indoor pools that make for a perfect winter dip. Swimming is an especially great exercise because it works out a wide range of muscles but is easy on your joints.

Of course, when you go swimming, you need to be very careful. Sadly, about 10 Americans drown, on average, each day. Some of these incidents occurring in pools. If you don’t know how to swim, taking swimming lessons is a great way to expand your horizons, increase safety, and stay in shape this winter.

3. Indoor Racket Games

Racket games, such as tennis and badminton, can be very exciting. These sports are exciting to play and also offer a great way to get in shape. Most racket games result in a lot of activity as you are chasing balls and other objects around the court.

Your community may offer indoor racket facilities, so you can play tennis and whatnot inside. Make sure you’re careful, however, as there are a variety of ways you can injure muscles and joints while working out. Common injuries include:

  • Tennis Elbow
  • Sprained Ankle
  • Pulled calf muscles

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4. Pushups, Situps, and More

Don’t want to leave the home to get your workout on? There are plenty of things you can do at home to stay in shape. Jumping jacks will get the heart pumping. Dumbbells offer a great way to work out your muscles and can easily be stored in a closet. Situps will work out your core muscles, while pushups stretch out the back and work out your arms.

You could also grab a yoga map and get to yoga’ing. No matter the workout you choose, you can stay in shape this winter. Exercise is great for the body and soul.

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