7 Essential Workouts for the Winter Months

With winter in full swing, gym rats may need to change their routines for building muscle and shedding fat. The following seven workouts are essential for the holiday season:

1. Greatest 30-Minute, No-Gym Workout

What’s amazing about Greatest 30-minute workout is that it can be done anywhere, preferably indoors. As such, it might fit the bill as temperatures continue to drop outside. It consists of three rounds of a dozen reps of tuck jumps, push-ups, squats, mountain climbers, tricep dips, glute bridges, and jump planks with 15-to-30 second periods of rest in between each exercise.

2. Ice Skating

Knowing that is readers might not fancy the idea of heading outside with their hair wet from a grueling workout, Philadelphia Magazine has touted ice skating as a fun activity that burns calories, strengthens the core, and improves cardiovascular endurance.

3. 100 Squats A Day

Like Greatests’ bodyweight workout, 100 Squats A Day is an ultra-minimalist approach to resistance training that consists of exactly what it says. In addition, it can be performed almost anywhere. The goal is to ultimately crank out 100 bodyweight squats in a row, using perfect form and proper pacing.

Within a month, the site claims that practitioners will develop firmer legs, a tighter core, and consistency in their workout routines.

4. Martial Arts Training

As the weather changes and temperatures plummet across the country, now might be a good time to visit a dojo or fight gym to mix things up. In addition to providing valuable self-defense training, the martial arts promote functional strength gains and cardiovascular health. Styles like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo are good for taking opponents to the mat and keeping them there, whereas Muay Thai, Shotokan Karate, and Taekwondo are for people who prefer to kick and punch.

5. Weight Training

Sometimes, it is better to keep things simple. Lifting weights is a tried-and-true method to achieving functional strength, and Mehdi Hamid’s StrongLift 5×5 program might just be what the doctor ordered. It consists of various barbell exercises, the squat being foremost among them, performed for five sets of five reps every other day of the week.

6. Snowboarding And Other Fun Winter Activities

Sometimes, the best workouts don’t have to feel like exercise at all. In addition to the ice-skating, snowboarding and skiing can burn anywhere from 300-450 calories an hour depending on the intensity and the individual’s fitness level. Other fun activities on CNN’s winter workout list include sledding, cutting down Christmas trees, and building snowmen.

7. High-Intensity Interval Training

As its name implies, High-Intensity Interval Training tones muscles and sheds fat within a short amount of time. These fast-paced workouts consist of intense bursts of exercise and brief moments of recovery. Huffington Post has provided three workouts that consist of bodyweight exercises that are appropriate for all skill levels.