Can’t get to the gym? Stay fit from home during winter weather

Some of you woke up to more than 5 inches of snow on the ground. Many law enforcement agencies are urging you to stay off of the road. This can be bad news for those with a workout routine, but you don’t have to leave the house to stay fit.

Going to the gym is just a part of Garry Hoyt’s day. “You don’t seem like your day’s fully complete unless you go ahead and do it,” he said. He’s 77 and says being active is as important as taking his high blood pressure and cholesterol medicine.

“If there’s a little bit of slide, some people will just let that slide continue,” personal training director Jeffery Vinson  said. He isn’t talking about sliding on icy roads, but sliding on your workout regimen. He said winter weather doesn’t have to ruin your progress. “Write down about five or six different moves that you want to do, and do a couple of timed rounds for each of those until you get through with your list. And then boom, you’re done,” Vinson said.

He’s talking about simple things that get your body moving, like push-ups, sit-ups and mountain climbers. Household items can be used as weights. “Soup cans are pretty good. If you’ve got jugs of milk, if you’ve got any old paint cans sitting around, you can use those for weights too,” Vinson said.

For Hoyt, he’ll work out at home if he has to. But today, inclement weather isn’t keeping him from cardio. “This is the best medicine that you can get," he said.

Vinson says it’s important to be consistent and it’s important to keep your heart rate up for about 30 to 45 minutes. 

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