Hate To See Your Breath When You Workout?
With the holiday season underway, it won't be long before Old Man Winter blows in. While hardier souls will be strapping on skis and lacing up ice skates, some prefer to take their workout indoors when the mercury plummets. Exercise physiologist JoAnne Bieniasz of the Ministrelli Women's Heart Center offers these tips to ensure cooler temps don't mean fitness goes on hiatus.
* Buy a new toy. Exercise bands, weighted balls, hand weights and other tools can add new spark to your workout. A good book to learn how to use these new toys is the "American College of Sports Medicine Fitness Book" or the "Complete Home Fitness Handbook" by Ed Burke.
* Try working out to a video or DVD. There are hundreds of them, and you can work out on your own schedule in the privacy of your own home. If you don't want to commit right away, borrow from the library or wherever you rent videos and DVDs. Go to www.collagevideo.com, a Web site that sells instructional videos and DVDs, but even better, offers mini-clips on each so you can tell if the music and instructor suit your taste.
* Enroll in a class at your local fitness club, senior center, community education location or dance studio.
* Join an indoor league for soccer, basketball, roller or ice hockey, etc.
* Pay for a membership at a gym or fitness center. You don't have to commit long-term at most of them. As an added benefit, you'll get a chance to check out big-ticket fitness equipment you might want to consider buying.
* If you're already a walker, or if you'd like to become one, area malls welcome those who get their exercise by hoofing it. If your job is in a large building or complex, slip into those walking shoes and walk at work. You can even throw in walking up several flights of stairs to really get your heart pumping.