If your new year’s resolution is to get fit and healthy in 2013, then look towards spring for some of the best exercise ideas. With the weather getting colder it may not be so easy to simply go for a jog, but we’ve put together some great hints and tips to help you shed those winter pounds.
The first thing to remember though is to never jump into a high intense workout, as you are more likely to fall off the wagon. Take it slow and build up your intensity levels until you are able to do these exercises daily, and you’ll find that you’re fitter in no time.
Home exercise DVDs
If you want to start at your own pace then home exercise DVDs are for you. You can find a wide range of exercise DVDs - some featuring your favourite soap star or favourite music.
But before buying hundreds of DVDs that will sit and gather dust, work out a time table, do some research first. Websites like XLS Medical offer you a quick BMI checker which will let you know how much weight you need to lose to be fit and healthy: Remember, the scales aren’t always the most important thing.
There are plenty of exercise DVDs that offer “10 minute workouts” perfect for people who have only a few minutes to spare each day. Check out the reviews before you purchase though, as with all things, some are significantly better than others.
Swimming is the best exercise for toning up your whole body as you are working almost every muscle you have. If your swimming skills leave much to be desired then perhaps try water aerobics. As you’ll be under water and essentially ‘weightless’, it will be much easier to do simple exercises such as squats and crunches. Be warned though - you will feel the results after!
Although we understand that the last thing you want to be doing on a snowy January morning is go for a jog, if you’re extra keen to lose those pounds, then this is the top exercise idea for you.
As the weather reaches the minuses, your body has to work harder to keep you warm, meaning that you are using more energy than you would if you had gone for a jog in the summer months.
Be careful though, as non-gritted roads offer a higher chance of slipping or falling on ice, meaning you could not only hurt yourself, but push back your exercise schedule by weeks while you recover.
If you’ve been exercising and the weight just won’t shift then perhaps you need a bit of help. Try a product such as a fat binder to help reduce the amount of fat you absorb from your food.