Transitioning Indoors & Cross Training

It’s that time of year again. There is a chill in the air, the leaves are changing, fall is here and winter is upon us.  For those of us who love to be outdoors, this can be a challenging time to shift indoors. I like to enjoy the outdoors for as long as I can and do so by dressing appropriately. This is key to staying well at this time of year. Whether you’re still running, hiking or biking, the weather at this time of year can change quickly so it is best to be prepared.

I suggest creating a schedule to start your move indoors. For me, I have transitioned into a schedule of a yoga class twice a week, spinning class twice a week, and on the days I spin I also lift weights and do a core workout. I leave the weekends for enjoying the outdoors and running, biking, hiking and through the winter the weekends become my ski days.

Make sure you include core strengthening as part of your indoor workout. This can be achieved through a weight routine and/or trainer, or from a variety of classes that are offered such as a “Cross Training” or “F.I.T.” class. By mixing up your routine or trying a variety of classes your will maximize your flexibility, strength, and stamina. Check out what is available at your gym and try out a new class. You may be surprised by how challenging something new can be. Strengthening your core, flexibility, and stamina are important for staying fit and being safe for the coming winter sports.