With the cooler weather coming soon, it is time for Ohio residents to start planning their transition from outdoor fitness activities to indoor. Northeast Ohio has a wealth of bike trails, hiking, beaches, swimming, outdoor sports and other ways to stay outside (for free) in the Summer. But once it dips below 50 degrees, those outdoor activities seem a bit less appealing and eventually only are options for hard core outdoorsy people.
So what are some of your options this Winter to stay in shape?
Join a Gym. This is obvious, but one nice thing that has changed in the last few years is you can join gyms month to month and only use them in the Winter months.
Buy limited fitness equipment to stay fit at home. A tread mill and some kettle bells might be all you need to stay beach body ready in your home. Look for used kettle bells to save some money.
Join Indoor Sports. We recently covered options of Indoor Tennis and Indoor Soccer. Basketball would be another obvious one. Maybe you can even find adult dodge ball. There are plenty of indoor sporting opportunities for kids and adults.
Do Winter sports. Cross country and downhill skiing are great workouts. Snow shoe hiking? Sure. You can also simply hike snow trails with some extra preparation.
Watch what you eat. There is the issue of paying close attention to your Winter diet. Do not start eating more at night because you are spending more time in front of the television. Do not cut back on fresh fruits and vegetables just because they cost a little bit more. Do not stop grilling healthy lean meats just because you have to push some snow off the grill cover first.
With some advanced planning and careful attention being paid to how your habits change, you can stay fit and firm no matter how long the ground is covered in permafrost.