If you’re not one to brave the cold and need ideas for indoor fitness activities this winter, we’ve got you covered. With fitness and recreational activities all under one roof, your health club is the perfect place to be to get moving when the weather isn’t ideal. Here are 5 indoor fitness activities to keep you active this winter.
The winter is known to be a difficult time for maintaining one’s fitness, especially around the holidays. High-calorie meals, family get-togethers, and cold temps can easily derail even the strongest fitness routines. However, if you find time in your schedule to visit your health club, try one of these indoor fitness activities.
5 Indoor Fitness Activities
Running is both an indoor and outdoor activity, and one that dedicated runners may still yet do in the cold of winter. However, if you prefer to not get icicles on your face, indoor running is your best option. The treadmill is the most obvious alternative, but the elliptical is a better low-impact option for those who suffer from joint pain. If you want to simulate outdoor trail running, some treadmills have digital screens and vary the slope of the tread for more of a challenge.
Jump in your club’s heated indoor pool for a year-round exercise routine. Swimming has always been one of the best full-body workouts, combining elements of cardio and strength training. Another great choice for those with joint pain, your body’s natural buoyancy in water creates little to no pressure for a low-impact workout. You can choose from several strokes or drills to exercise different muscle groups as well. Grab a kick board or pull buoy to further isolate your legs and arms, respectively.
Basketball is typically an indoor sport, but still can be played on outdoor courts or even in someone’s driveway when the weather is warmer. You can hoop all year long at your local rec center or health club through open gym time, pick-up games, or weekly leagues. Not only is basketball an excellent physical activity that burns lots of calories, it’s also a great way to stay social and meet new people.
At Elite, you can participate in weekly leagues, tournaments, and even skills challenges to prove that you’re the champion of the basketball court!
Like basketball, tennis is an indoor/outdoor sport, but most players choose to play indoors at tennis clubs due to the consistent playing conditions in the climate-controlled environment. Tennis clubs also have better connected communities of players, so it’s much easier to find players to play with/against and make friends. You can also reserve courts in advance, compete in leagues, and improve your game with tennis lessons.
Pickleball is taking the world by storm because of how fun and easy it is to learn! Elite Sports Clubs has recently added a dedicated pickleball program to its lineup of already incredible offerings. Pickleball can be played year-round indoors by all ages and ability levels. You can easily learn the sport with group/private lessons and drill groups taught by our on-staff pickleball pros. For the casual player, we have dedicated open play times so it’s easy to just show up and play and meet other pickleball enthusiasts. We also host regular pickleball mixers and social events. For the competitive players, you can participate in ongoing leagues at the club.
Obviously there are many more ways to stay active indoors than those listed here. The most important thing is that you find something you enjoy and can consistently practice. Let us know in the comments what your favorite indoor fitness activities are!
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