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Four Do-able Things To Keep Fit This Winter

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Yes, it is that time of the year when the festivities and the weather conspire to keep us from reaching our fitness goals. It seems almost sacrilegious to return from work and not cosy up on the living room couch to watch some TV, or not order in.

So how do we keep ourselves from weight gain and equally importantly what can we do that will keep our physical fitness (cardiovascular health, endurance capacity, body flexibility and toned muscles) from a taking a nosedive? The answer is in our very question.

1. Working out at home with motorized equipment:
If the thought of stepping out into the cold again and facing more road traffic driving down to a gymnasium deters you from getting a regular workout, you could think of investing in a home treadmill or a stationary bike. This could be a smart purchase decision, given that winters can last anything for many months.

This way you do away with the excuse of not getting to the gym. You can work out in the comfort of your home while still watching television or being with your loved ones.

You would do well to source several outlets before settling on equipment. You could also order one online after running dealer, delivery and after-sales service reputation checks on those who sell home treadmills and stationary bikes.

2. Working out at home without motorized equipment:
If you are not in the mood to invest in a workout machine, think non-motorized! You can always get an excellent workout using the aerobic step. For the same weight of the person and duration of workout, a step workout burns more calories than a jog on the treadmill.

If you raise the height of the step, you get a more intense cardiovascular workout than a treadmill. Also do not close the doors on other great options like dumbbells and other free weights that will help you keep your muscles toned. Similarly, resistance bands like Dynabands help. Remember to always begin with a warm up and a cool down phase in your workout.

3. Including indoor sports:

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