Winter-sports

5 Winter Sports To Join This Season

I’m sure that doing exercise in winter is on the list of things that you really can’t be bothered to do; just like shaving your legs or painting your toenails. But exercising over the colder months is important to keep up your fitness levels and to keep your body healthy. Like your mum used to say: If you don’t move it, you lose it.

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During winter, it might be easier to ditch the gym and try a team sport that can keep your motivation levels up, not to mention it’s a bit more fun than watching yourself do squats in the mirror. We’ve sourced out some of the best winter activities for something different that won’t even feel like working out.

Soccer

Between training nights and weekend games, there’s no doubt that soccer can keep you fit. It also takes out two days that you would otherwise be going to the gym and being bored. Joining a women’s or a mixed team would mean meeting new people and learning new skills while having fun. It’s even better if you’re a competitive person.

Netball

Get a group of the girls together and join a netball team, whether it be indoors or outdoors. It can be a weekly fun night or a weekend competition, but either way, you’re still moving about and enjoying yourself while getting fit. You’re also working on your hand eye coordination!

Dance Class

Jazz up your usual workout by taking on a dance class this winter. Hip hop, ballet or even performance acrobatics is a great way to keep fit during winter. Really enjoying your workouts will keep your motivation up and dancing is great to keep your body in shape. Plus, there are so many different styles to choose from so you can decide on something that suits.

OzTag

You may not have played it since school, but OzTag – which is a little like touch footy – will have you keeping warm all night with heaps of running, sprinting and agility movements. You can choose to join a women’s or mixed team and it’s a fun way to work on your teamwork and coordination.

Snow Sports

Perhaps the most obvious of winter sports out there – although not all of us have access to it – but if you’re looking for something different, get your waterproof pants on and head down to the snow fields. Skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing are lots of fun and work your muscles in ways you would never dream. It’s a great alternative to keep you fit and is something you can enjoy with your partner and family.

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May 18, 2015

Winter Fitness Motivation

The cold morning starts and even icier temperatures at night make a working out routine even more difficult to adhere to. Although this shouldn’t be an excuse to sit at home and hibernate. There are a bunch of different activities to alternate your fitness routine and still keep you in tip-top shape. Here are just a few tips to keep you motivated and healthy in winter.

Phone a friend

Bringing along a friend and participating in workout routines together will help to share the burden of working out alone. A partner will not only keep you more motivated, but will be able to push you past any limits or hesitations you may have throughout the way. You’re also less likely to cancel a session if the weather isn’t perfect, or you’re just too lazy to get moving.

Indoor sports

There are plenty of indoor sports you can be a part of if working out in the great outdoors has lost it’s appeal. Indoor soccer, tennis, cricket and beach volleyball are all popular sports which run all year round, and won’t let you freeze either.

Workout DVDs and videos

We’re not exactly telling you to invest in your own home-gym, but try to get a little creative with your workouts. There are plenty of DVDs and online videos which are available free of charge for anyone to use in their workouts, regardless of the day or time. All you really need is some free space and a stable internet connection. Blogilates offers free full-length POP pilates workouts, and fun bootcamp style exercises which will get you into shape straight from your own home.

Running outside

Yes, it’s completely safe to run in the cold, and will warm up your entire body in no time. In regards to clothing, the idea is to feel warm but not completely overheat in your workout clothes. A long sleeved shirt, jacket and leggings will work just fine in our winter. Start off with a light pre-run, this is essential to get the blood flowing throughout the body and could be achieved by simply jogging on the spot, or up and down the stairs.

Do you have any tips for working out in the wintertime?

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By Felicia Sapountzis

June 6, 2014