November 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm EST | by Bucky Mitchell
Jumpstart your winter workout
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Make your winter workout more fun this year with swimming, cycling or ice skating.

As the weather turns cold and the snow will soon be falling, we tend to leave behind the healthy fitness patterns we created in summer and fall. So here are some easy and simple winter workout tips that will keep you in shape during the long winter months.

1. Take up swimming. Almost all gyms come equipped with lap pools, so why not take advantage of this benefit during the winter months? Not only will swimming keep you lean and strong, it’s a low-impact exercise that will allow you to exercise for a longer period of time without the impact your joints. Swimming also engages you cardio-respiratory system for longer periods of time, allowing you to build up your endurance and stamina, which will help when spring sports season roles around.

2. Try something new. I say this time and time again, but I really do believe it’s applicable for the winter months. Instead of getting bored and binge watching “House of Cards” or “Sense8” during the winter, try something new in the comfort of your home or at the gym. Whether it’s a hot yoga class, kettle bells, TRX or medicine balls, trying something new will keep your body guessing and active during the winter months. Allow yourself 20 or 30 minutes at least twice a week to try something new.

3. Get on the bike. While the cold breeze and slippery streets aren’t ideal for riding your bike during the winter, who says you can’t take your bike ride indoors? As I mentioned in previous articles, I’m a big fan of SoulCycle and what’s not to love about it? Now with five studios in the area, the latest at 14th and U, this super intense indoor cycling includes everything from a weight series, core exercises, interval and resistance training, all packed into 45 minutes. Oh and I forgot to add it helps strength your butt, things, hamstrings and calves. It’s like doing a leg workout without having to do weights or machines.

4. Hit the ice. While it may get too cold to bundle up and go to your favorite outdoor ice skating rink, there are some really get indoor options as well. I love the Kettler Capitals Ice Skating Rink in Arlington. Aside for just being super fun and making you feel like a kid, skating is a great way to work the stabilizers in your body. Because skating is a balancing act, you have to engage your legs, core, glut muscles in back in a different way, ultimately forcing your body to work harder and burn more calories in the mean time.

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