Equipment for Indoor Winter Exercise
No gym? No problem, when you use these tools to help keep you in shape this winter. If you don't like to travel to the gym in the winter months, or are accustomed to exercising outdoors, you can help keep your body in check with some equipment and DVDS. Here are the top affordable picks to keep you fit this winter. When spring finally arrives, you'll be happy to slip on a pair of short shorts and go bathing suit shopping!
This small piece of indoor gym equipment packs a powerful punch. For a low impact workout use the stepper without the handles. Just step on and go. There is no electricity required, only a battery to keep track of the steps. The stepper provides a green way to work out indoors - you use only your own body weight and not the power of electricity.
Intensify your work out by holding onto the handles at the end fo the bands and moving your arms as you exercise. You will be sweating and happy you purchased such an efficient little machine.
Let Rodney Yee Guide You
Stay flexible, strong and balanced with Rodney Yee. Yoga can be easily added to any regular work out schedule. If you want to tone and strengthen while finding inner peace, spend some time with Rodney Yee. His voice is soothing and his manner encouraging. This three-DVD set gives you a variety of yoga poses and sequences. One DVD focuses on strength, one on energizing and the other on relaxing the mind. The relaxation DVD is intended for daily morning use and will help you start your day off on the right foot (even if you got up on the wrong side of the bed).
Stretch, Stretch, Stretch
No indoor exercise routine should start before your body is warmed up. Hang up this handy Warm Up/Cool Down Exercise Chart to remind you to stretch before and after your work out. The chart is also a gentle reminder to keep you on your path to fitness, even in the winter months.
Feel the Burn
Laugh now if you want, but you won't be laughing after you use your Thigh Master. Tone your inner and outer thighs and your hips with this simple and effective piece of equipment. When you can't get to the gym to use the big machines, try this. The beauty of the Thigh Master is that you can use it while watching TV. Put your TV time to good use this winter.
Sculpt Your Core
You won't have to worry about endless sit ups when you discover mat Pilates. This DVD is a must-have for any winter work out. You will tone your abdomen and lower back muscles, as well as your inner thigh muscles using the sequence of exercises in this DVD. The DVD is from 2001, but it remains one of the best mat pilates work outs available. Keep the remote nearby because you may need to pause more than once to rest.
With this Pilates routine all you need is a towel or mat. There is no need for expensive or bulky Pilates machines or equipment.
Weights for Toning
Start with a pair of light weights for toning your biceps and triceps. Follow along with your favorite arm toning routine on a video, online or on TV. You can also do simple sets of repetition to tone. Try three sets of 12 or 15 to start toning arms.
Keep arms at your side while holding the weights and slide one of your arms down the side of your body, to stretch your mid-section on the opposite side. Repeat on the other side. Goodbye muffin top!
When the three pound weights become too easy, trade up the heavier five pound weights. These weights are covered in Neoprene and won't hurt your hands. They can be used without having to buy weight lifting gloves.
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