As January draws to an end, so might that New Year’s resolution to stay fit. Especially in the winter months it’s easy to lose your momentum. You can’t as easily throw on your runners and hit the pavement, and riding a bike outside is less than comfortable this time of year. So how do you keep your endurance up over the winter? There are TONS of indoor cardio options!
I’ve mentioned it before I’m sure, but my jump rope is my favorite piece of equipment this time of year. Skipping is a great way to keep your cardio on track, and it’s a cheap and easy way to work out indoors.
If you don’t have the room at home to skip, a spin class is another great way to sweat it out during the winter months. I hadn’t done a spin class in probably five or six years, so when I a friend invited me to try the new spin studio in town I was a little hesitant. Spinout Cycle in Liberty Village boasts an authentic ride, meant to simulate training outdoors as much as possible.
When I walked into the studio my first thought was that it looked more like a movie theater than a spin class. One of the friendly staff helped me set up my futuristic looking bike, and told me to keep an eye on my standing in the race throughout the class, pointing to a giant monitor at the front of the room.
Each bike is numbered and you can actually compete with the other people in the class! So great if you happen to be a little competitive…ahhemm. As I started to get comfortable I found I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. The teacher really made my whole experience. She was an IronWoman, registered RMT, and Pilates instructor! She had some great cues to keep the class engaged, and riding as safe as possible. For once I actually felt my glutes and not my hip flexors gripping in a spin class!
When I first stepped foot in the dimly lit studio, I wouldn’t have believed it was possible to forget I was indoors, with temperatures outside dipping below -20! With the instructors help I could envision myself climbing a giant hill, or cruising along the countryside. Whether your training for a triathlon, or just wanting to get your heart rate up, spin class is a great way to workout indoors.
Do you think you could be a spinning convert?