As much as we might not want to admit it, winter is getting closer and closer with each passing day. The days are getting shorter, the nights longer, and both are getting colder. However, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t continue to work out and try to hit your fitness goals. Surprisingly, winter can be the perfect season to improve your body, build muscles, and train for the beach body of your dreams.
3 inspiring gut busters
To help you out, in this article, we will be talking about some of the most inspiring gut busters which can help you sculpt your body this winter.
Stationary bike workout
When it’s getting chilly and windy outside, the last thing you want to do is ride your bike and freeze. This is why a 20-minute stationary bike workout is exactly what you need. In addition to helping you lose some extra pounds and fat, this workout will also boost your mood and energy levels. Also, if you are planning to start such a workout, know that there are three basic intensity levels that you can try:
- Easy: As the name suggests, if you are just beginning, it would be preferable to adopt a steady pace like when biking down a flat road. You can exercise like this for hours if you want to, but it doesn’t mean that at this level, this workout won’t help you stay in shape;
- Moderate: At this level, your heart rate might start going up a bit, but it will still be comfortable especially if you want to increase your resistance;
- Hard: This is the part where your body will definitely begin to feel like something is going on. At this level, your resistance should be high for your thighs and calves to start burning.
The key to a successful stationary bike workout routine: building enough resistance in order to for a 20-minute workout session. Once your used to all the intensity levels, alternate them. It’s nice that you can do this workout however you want and push your body as much as you want. Don’t exaggerate, though, and know your limits! In time, your body will start changing and you’ll notice the progress.
Another type of useful exercise which is beneficial for both the body and the mind: yoga. Not many people know this, but yoga has enormous benefits when it comes to anxiety, stress, and fatigue. While it may not look look it, yoga’s an incredible strength training workout. It improves flexibility, therefore sculpting your body harmoniously and doesn’t force it too much. Yoga consists of asanas or poses, which help you find peace, as well as solace.
Moreover, yoga is a great cross-training activity. Do it both indoors and outdoors to prepare for more intense workouts, such as running or weightlifting. There are various styles of yoga you can practice depending on what you want to achieve in relation to your body. The connection between the body and the mind is essential when you want to achieve something, especially fitness-related. This is why disciplines like yoga are definitely a must if you want to maintain your shape this winter.
Speaking of gut busters, Pilates is one of the activities that can strengthen your core. You can also increase your flexibility through Pilates moves, and a good thing is that they can be altered according to your needs and preferences. Their main purpose is getting your body in good shape while focusing on the core and balance.
Not many people know that the original name of Pilates is Contrology because the discipline is all about teaching your body the art of control. Also, doing just one hour of Pilates daily resets your metabolism and helps you burn more calories throughout the entire day. The exercises also work the entire body, making for a full workout this winter when you don’t feel like going out in the cold. Moreover, if you feel daring, try a Reformer which is a machine that makes Pilates even more difficult and challenging.
All in all, these three gut busters will come in handy if you are one of the people who would like to sculpt their body this winter and prepare for next summer. Even if it’s cold and dark outside, winter’s the best time to work hard; transform your body. Once winter ends, the effects show when spring rolls around! All these workouts are great when done indoors, even in the comfort of your own home. In fact, you can also work out while doing normal, daily chores without even realizing it. So, gather your courage, find the right motivation, and get to work! Those abs won’t just magically appear on your body, right?
Author bio: Luke S. Mitchell is an MS Undergraduate in Sports Journalism and manager of Exercise Bikes Expert. Not only is he interested in the mind-body relationship and how motivation shapes our bodies, but also in how we draw energy from one simple yet powerful thought. You can find him on Facebook and Twitter.