Winter Workouts: Your Inspiraton As The Days Get Darker

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There’s no need to hibernate this winter. 

Maasmechelen Village

Unless you’re planning on taking a sabbatical, there’s no escaping winter. If you’re looking to stay active in the cooler months, make like your favourite fitness influencer and give these three winter-friendly workouts a go.

1. REACH NEW HEIGHTS

With all of the pushing, pulling and problem-solving involved, indoor climbing gives you the full mind and body workout . Not only does it combine cardio and strength, you'll gain focus and practice fancy footwork while strengthening your core as an added bonus. It's also known to improve balance, agility and best of all, it stimulates your body to release more endorphins. Could this be the perfect antidote to winter?

TRY: A taster session. It’s the best way to find out whether you’re cut out for bouldering or top rope climbing.

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2. PUT A SPRING IN YOUR STEP

Trampoline parks may be the latest fitness fad, but there's a lot to love about them. Trampolining is high-energy, great fun and also develops upper and lower body strength while improving balance and coordination. Did we mention the endorphin rush? Just do it.

TRY: A trampoline fitness session if you’re looking to up your cardio and test your endurance. You’ll do star jumps, mid-air splits and even planks!

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3. GET LIIT

There’s no need for infinite squats and burpees. Low intensity interval training (LIIT) involves similar exercises performed in a much more relaxed way. It allows longer rest periods between circuits, reduces cortisol levels and allows you to continue burning fat in between exercises. What’s not to love?

TRY: Hot yin yoga. It’s slow paced and combines a handful of mostly seated postures which are held for five minutes or more. It’s perfect for combating stress, especially if you’re prone to bouts of anxiety or suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Practising in the heat will increase flexibility in joints and connective tissues, and as an added bonus, your mind will drift to warmer climes.

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