Stay Active This Winter

(CARLSBAD, CA) – It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s foggy. The last thing you want to do is head outdoors for your daily run or bike ride. In fact, you’d probably rather dive under the covers for an extra hour of snoozing or lounge in front of the fire nursing a cup of hot cocoa.

If you find yourself skipping your workout regimen this winter season, try expanding your fitness options. There are quite a few fitness activities that pack a serious calorie burn, even in icy temperatures.

  • Downhill Skiing - This high-intensity exercise burns about 300 calories every hour, while building muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance to boot. It can be pricey, so try renting your equipment for the day.

  • Cross Country Skiing – An aerobic sport that works your upper torso and legs, cross country skiing will help you shed upwards of 500 calories in one hour. It’s a low-impact aerobic activity that’s easy on the joints, and good for the heart.

  • Snowshoeing – There’s a reason why snowshoeing is growing in popularity across the continent. It’s probably because this incredible aerobic workout can burn anywhere from 300-800 calories in a single hour. With low-impact to the joints, snowshoers can tone leg muscles and improve endurance. Newer models of snowshoes are easily transportable as well.

  • Snow Hiking – Not up for any fancy equipment? Don a pair of insulated boots and simply walk around in the snow! Movement through deep snow requires more muscular strength and endurance than a stroll down the sidewalk.

If you’re not a fan of the snow, or if snow isn’t within a hundred mile radius of your community, there are dozens of indoor activities that are perfect in wintertime. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett suggests these activities for winter workouts:

  • Walk the mall. Get together a small walking group or go solo. Walking back and forth down the entire length of a mall can pack quite a workout punch!

  • Set-up a home gym. No need to spend thousands of dollars on fancy equipment. Just purchase a resistance ball and some dumbbell weights. Try booking a session with a trainer or Jazzercise Personal Touch instructor, so that you can learn a regimen to follow on a regular basis.

  • Visit the library. Your local library may have fitness videos available. Instead of purchasing one or two videos, borrow a different video each week from the library. That way, you’ll stave off boredom and keep yourself out of an exercise rut.

  • Make some waves. Your local community college or YMCA may have an indoor pool that you can use for a nominal fee. Water aerobics, swimming, or even walking in a pool will help keep you fit.

Whatever activity you choose for your wintertime workout, just keep moving. Remember that everything counts! Vacuuming the house burns calories, as does sweeping the floor and shoveling snow. Anything that keeps your body moving is a legitimate winter workout.

Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.

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