As summer fades so do many resolves to exercise. If you’re finding it too dark for an early morning run and the couch more appealing than the treadmill, here are a few fun ways to adjust your workouts and stay healthy no matter what the weather…


Beat the boredom

Spice up your winter workout routine by trying a new indoor sport or hobby like ice-skating, indoor cricket or soccer, salsa dancing or indoor rock climbing. Look in local community papers for interesting classes near you and turn winter workouts into unforgettable experiences!

Lunchtime walks

If you can’t bear early morning working outs at this time of the year, pack a pair of walking shoes and take a walk during lunchtime. One of the benefits of the cooler weather is that a midday walk won’t turn you into a sweating mess.

Many underestimate the value of moderate exercise but a recent study proved that even 15 minutes of moderate exercise a day can make a life changing difference. The study found that people who exercised for 15 minutes a day, or 92 minutes per week, extended their expected lifespan by three years compared to inactive people. Now just imagine if you went for a 30 minute lunch-time walk five days a week?! Give it a try and you’ll clocked up two and half hours of moderate exercise a week without even breaking a sweat!


It’s miserably cold; you are overloaded with work and struggling to keep your eyes open. Sound familiar? Instead of making another cup of coffee with far too many sugars, try a quick desk workout. Watch the video below and try eight to 12 reps of each move before you get back to chasing those deadlines!

Redefine TV breaks (and your abs)

There’s nothing like cuddling up on the couch when it’s cold outside but if you read our article ‘Sit back and relax,’ you’ll know that lounging around is far from healthy! Counter this is by turning commercial TV breaks into moving breaks. Whenever an advert comes on the TV, hit the floor for a few push-ups, stomach crunches, lunges and squats. If you have little children, make it a game by muting the TV, turning on the Hi-fi or iPod player to your children’s favourite dancing song and dance around the lounge.

So when it’s grey outside, add some colour to your day with fun, heart-pumping activities that take the ‘work’ out of workouts!

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