Regular exercise is one of the most important components of staying healthy as we age, but between rainy October afternoons and icy November nights, it’s not too difficult to stack up reasons against working outside or going to the gym. If you are looking to avoid extreme temperatures and haven’t found an adequate replacement for you outdoor routine, take a look at some of our ideas to help keep your fitness routine during the colder seasons:

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Cycling is an excellent activity for fitness lovers of all ages and experiences. Cycling is a low-impact form of exercise that will minimize stress on your joints and can help protect you from serious diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis. Enjoy a simple cycling program or up the intensity for a more rewarding workout. Cycling is also excellent for building stamina, strength, and aerobic fitness. The local YMCA offers free group classes for members!

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Water exercises, similar to cycling, can be another indoor exercise that can be as intense or as relaxing as you want it to be. Head to the pool to swim laps, engage in a water aerobics course, or to practice your diving skills. Work on your form and technique to improve your skills, or race with a friend to push yourself to the max.

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For exercises that benefit the body and mind equally, look to yoga and pilates all of which can provide a variety of health benefits. Engage in a pilates routine to stave off excess calories from your favorite comfort foods. A regular routine can lengthen and stretch all the major muscle groups of your body. Focus on exercise, breathing, and meditation to improve your mental health, and use yoga to minimize the adverse health effects of a stressful autumn season.

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If you are especially self-motivated, an at-home circuit routine or workout video can provide an intense workout without ever having to pull your snow boots on. There are a wide variety of free videos available online that can help you do everything from cardio, toning, strength training, and everything in between. This means you can reap the benefits of working with a professional trainer and fitness expert all from the comfort of your own home. At-home fitness routines and online workout videos are convenient, effective, and can be inexpensive.

Regular exercise is vital to your overall health. An appropriate fitness routine can help us maintain a healthy weight, lower the risk of many diseases, give a boost in energy, and improve our emotional and mental health.