The temptation when that bitter winter chill hits town is to retreat under the doona and wait for spring. When you wake up on those cold, bleak mornings, the last thing that most of us want to do is get out in the cold and start running. But take heart! There are heaps of fitness activities that are perfect for keeping the blood flowing during the winter months – and that don’t feel like exercise at all! First, why not warm up with a salsa class? Salsa is so fun that you’ll feel more like you’re at a party than a kilojoule-burning session. There are a couple of friendly salsa schools in the Fitzroy area that are welcoming to beginners. You can wear whatever you like, and don’t need a partner – just rock up and join in the fun!
Speaking of fun ways to exercise, how about this one: dancing in the dark. No Lights No Lycra is a fantastic organisation that runs dancing workshops in the Brunswick, Fitzroy and Melbourne CBD. As its name suggests, this is an exercise group where the dancing fun begins when the lights go out; rooms are only very dimly lit, and all you have to do is show up and dance. You’ll be amazed at the confidence the darkness gives you to bust a move! You’ll also be surprised at how much of a workout you get when you really go for it on the dance floor with cuban salsa lessons. The group’s success means it’s now operating in London, New York, Glasgow, Vancouver, Berlin and Auckland – come and see what all the fuss is about!
If you can’t face venturing out into the winter morning to get to the gym, bring the gym to your house! Having a yoga mat and skipping rope in your living room means you will always have a pair of handy exercising aids at your fingertips. Skipping is a fantastic way to do a quick burn of some kilojoules. Try doing a few quick bursts of intense rope jumping a day – maybe three sessions of 2 minutes. The yoga mat will give you a comfy place to do some sit-ups, push-ups and some strengthening exercises in front of the TV.
Lastly, joining an indoor sports team in winter is a fun, easy and engaging way to get moving – without having to bear the brunt of the cold. You’d be surprised at how many local teams there are in your area looking for another member to add to their ranks. Great options are indoor soccer, netball, basketball and – if you like a bit of a challenge – hockey. Team sports are also a great way to keep motivation; if you slack off and decide not to go, you’re not just letting yourself down – you’re also letting down your team. Joining a Zumba class – a fun, dance-based exercise class – with a friend will also help you stick to your fitness goals. As you can see, there are no more excuses to chill out when the chill hits town!