Suit up for your next workout
A bathing suit may be the last thing you feel like putting on right now, but just because it’s freezing-cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t dive into a pool and crank out a good workout. The first step is to find a gym near you with an indoor pool (here’s a list to get you started, but there might be other local options not listed). Next, decide what you want to do there. You can always go and just swim laps (30 minutes of moderate-effort freestyle burns 238 calories), but some people find that a little boring. Luckily, there are lots of other ways to exercise in the water.
- Swimming is great cardio, but you can also do strength moves in the pool. To prove that point, Fitness magazine pulled together seven exercises to help tone your entire body. All you need is a beach ball to provide some resistance.
- A beach ball isn’t the only tool you can use. Self magazine featured a workout where you rely on a foam pool noodle to strengthen your muscles.
- Curious about water aerobics? This workout from Prevention magazine is a modern take on that workout, combining cardio and strength moves for a 30-minute routine.
If you’re looking for something a little more…competitive, now is the perfect time to sign up for an indoor triathlon. You’ll get to do all of the traditional exercises—swimming, biking, running—without stepping foot outside. Many of these events are shorter distances than outdoor tris, so doing one is a great way to dip your toe in the sport of triathlons.
Ready to sign up? Life Time runs a series of indoor tris around the state. In March they’re happening in Rochester Hills, Canton, Commerce Township, Novi and Shelby. But that isn’t your only option. On February 16, Howell is home to a Splash & Dash indoor triathlon and Grand Valley State University is hosting one on March 30th.
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