As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, exercising outside becomes more and more of a hassle. Fortunately, there are ways to get your heart rate moving without facing the elements. Here are a few ideas for working out inside:

Indoor Sports

Winter doesn't stop athletes from getting up and moving around, and it doesn't have to stop you, either. Follow the lead of winter sports and simply move indoors. For example, you can head to your local gym or community center to play basketball on an indoor court. Volleyball is also a fun indoor activity, as well as a great opportunity to spend some time with a group of friends. If you're not able to gather your own team, most cities have some sort of recreational sports league you can join. Not only will you get the chance to increase your heart rate, you might just expand your social network as well. 


For a fun way to get some cardio indoors, turn on your favorite music and get dancing! This is one of those exercises where you'll get out what you put into it - the length and intensity of your dancing session will determine exactly how effective this exercise is. Use upbeat music that you can really jam out to - if you're worried you'll lose motivation, you can listen to an album or make a playlist that you dance all the way through. Try to put your favorite songs at the end - not only will this encourage you to keep going so you can listen to your faves, it will also give you a boost of energy once you hear them.

Workout videos

Guided exercise videos like the ones included in the Food Lovers Fat Loss System give you the chance to go through a full cardio or strength circuit in the privacy (and warmth) of your own home. When you're following these videos, commit to completing the workout. It's easy to stop when no one's watching, but you need to do the whole workout to get all of the benefits. Take breaks as needed, but do your best to come back and complete the video once you're able.

Active video games

Wii Fit and other video-game systems have plenty of fun games that get you up and moving. The great thing about these kinds of workouts is they give you a clear (and exciting) goal to aspire to. Running in place isn't usually all that great of a time, but it becomes part of an adventure when you're running to save the princess. Check out one of these active video games, and you might find that you've discovered your new favorite exercise.

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