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3 hot workouts to pump up your winter motivation
Posted By Tanja Djelevic On October 30, 2008 @ 3:10 pm In Fitness | 2 Comments
Fall is here! And since colder nights are a natural sign for the body to start slowing down, it can be difficult to find motivation to work out  this time of year. Yet it’s not an obstacle — merely a bump in the road on your exciting journey to a healthier body and lifestyle.
A big part of living a healthy life is to listen to what the body needs, and be OK with the changes it is going through. Let’s invite some new movement to play with, to get the body moving and the mind motivated again. Here are a few workouts I have seen getting a lot of attention lately that bring the fun into staying fit! And you can do all of them indoors!
These are traditional strength  exercises performed hanging suspended from the ceiling. The core HAS to be involved, and you will be working your entire body because you use your own body weight as resistance. It is important to be properly guided to avoid risks. In my business of personal training, everyone seems to have a TRX strap available for anywhere and anytime training!
Mix 30 minutes of yoga  with 30 minutes of Spinning for an excellent body-mind workout . The cardio-intensive cycling followed by flexibility-increasing yoga helps cross-train  and condition muscles. Switching between the two activities can lead to injury, so a mindful stop and switch — waiting until the heart rate recovers before starting yoga — is imperative. If you don’t have Spinning equipment or yoga classes  at your gym, go to a Spinning class, download yoga to your mp3 player , and do your own thing!
Go back to the old days when you were hula hooping (or hoola hooping) in the playground! Did you think it was exercise? It can be a great cardio  workout as well as core and abs  all in one. It makes the workout fun, and who doesn’t want to have fun? It is said to burn about 400 calories per hour. It is of course very important to stretch before and after, but with that this is a safe and fun way to work out. There are hoop DVDs , but the easiest thing is to go to the nearest Target, pick up a hoola hoop and get going.
Do you have any indoor workout tips or favorite routines/methods to trade with others? Any fusion workouts  you like? Any FUN workouts like hoola hoping you would like to share? Please post a comment below!
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 motivation to work out: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/How-to-Stick-with-a-Fitness-Routine-5-ways-to-stay-motivated-to-exercise-regularly.html
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 strength: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Why-Women-Need-Weight-Training.html
 yoga: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Yoga.html
 body-mind workout: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/id/CAT00001
 cross-train: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Best-CrossTraining-for-Your-Core-Sport.html
 yoga classes: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Finding-the-Best-Yoga-Class-for-You.html
 download yoga to your mp3 player: http://www.gaiamyogaclub.com/?utm_source=Gaiam%2BLife&utm_medium=marketing&utm_campaign=Gaiam%2BYoga%2BClub%2B-%2Brelated%2Bproduct
 cardio: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/CardioStrengthFlex.html
 core and abs: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Study-Shows-Ab-Crunches-Work-Better-on-a-Ball.html
 hoop DVDs: http://www.gaiam.com/product/marisa+tomei+hoopbody+kit.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS
 fusion workouts: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Kickbox-Yoga-Fusion.html
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