Dark winter days make it difficult to fit time in for a run, which is why the team at Kirsty’s, – makers of the multi award winning gluten & dairy free ready meal range – created the #RoadToRoom fitness plan, showing you how to adapt your outdoor workout to the indoors.
Road to Room Fitness Plan
We all know that running is a great overall workout, but there are downsides to the activity, including the risk of damaging joints to putting your heart under stress and of course, getting caught in a downpour, thanks to the unpredictable British weather.
A great alternative to running is cycling, it has less impact on the joints and you can easily control your speed and duration. More importantly, you can do it indoors! If you already own a bike, great. You can purchase a static bicycle trainer to fix your bike into a single position so you don’t budge or alternatively a static exercise bike is a great investment for the home.
There’s no need to join an expensive spin class when you can find loads of easy to follow spin class channels online, just position your bike near your television or laptop screen to keep you on track during your ‘at home class’. Another option is to use your time on the bike as a chance to catch up on your favourite TV shows while you cycle… you’ll be surprised how quickly your session will go!
If you’re looking for a more cost-effective way to burn calories indoors, purchasing a jump/skipping rope is just that. With just two ten-minute sessions throughout the day you can burn up to 200 calories, not to mention how much fun you can have doing it.
Jumping rope regularly is a great aerobic activity and will improve your cardiovascular performance as well as endurance. You should have little or no rest during the activity to maximise on the benefits of the activity. Experts suggest that to improve on performance and efficiency, you should carry out short bursts of high-intensity jumping as well as long, steady jumping and mixing up your routine between jumping and skipping. Before you know it, you’ll be able to endure hours of skipping a day, just like professional athletes!
There are also ways of completing cardio-based exercise without any sporting equipment such as dancing (yes, you heard us right). After just 30 minutes of dancing like no one is watching, you could burn between 200 – 300 calories! Why not take it a step further and learn a dance routine on YouTube? It will give you a goal to work towards and will help you keep to a steady routine.
There are more than just dance routines online, too. You can find full work-out sessions that won’t cost you a penny (with thousands of classes to choose from).
Whatever your cardio style there are numerous ways to keep up with your fitness goals during the colder months and if you’re new to exercise, indoors is the perfect place to start. If you can’t choose which cardio route to take, why not try them all?
We’d love to know if you’ve tried any of the above cardio sessions and how you got on, so let us know in the comments!