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Fun ways to take your workout indoors

If your typical workout includes heading outdoors for a run or a game of tennis in the park, what do you do now that the days are shorter and temperatures are dropping?

Here are a few indoor fitness activities that are fun, challenging and will give you a great all-over workout. These activities will not only help keep you fit throughout the upcoming months, but you'll likely find that changing things up provides you with some renewed motivation to keep moving.

  • Boxing – These classes can do it all. They're good for your heart, can strengthen muscles, improve hand-eye coordination and help relieve stress. Jabs, crosses and upper cuts, as well as ducking, blocking and weaving, give you a full-body workout that can blast up to 600 calories an hour.
  • Barre – Barre combines ballet-inspired dance moves with elements of yoga and Pilates. The barre helps you stay balanced while you perform isometric strength training exercises and small range-of-motion movements. Some classes also incorporate light handheld weights. It's a great core workout that can increase flexibility, build muscle strength and improve your posture.
  • Rowing Machine – The rower at the gym can give you an amazing workout. Even though you're seated, each stroke of the rowing machine provides a full-body workout, using almost every major muscle group with little pressure on your joints. It's also a great cardio workout that can send your heart rate zooming.
  • Yoga – Originating in India thousands of years ago, yoga focuses on breathing and movements that help the body stretch and release areas of tension, increasing flexibility. It's good for your mind and your body.

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Date Last Reviewed: August 27, 2019
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