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Cardio in a time of COVID.

RainRedfieldRainRedfield Posts: 592Member Member Posts: 592Member Member
Just like many others, my gym has shuttered its doors to help stave the spread of COVID-19.
I've been walking/jogging virtually every day for the last six months.
It's SNOWING/RAINING and FREEZING cold here.

Does anyone have a good cardio alternative they can suggest for me to do indoors until the Spring actually Springs and the weather warms up a bit?

Much love and thanks. Stay safe and healthy.

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  • ninerbuffninerbuff Posts: 42,838Member, Greeter Member Posts: 42,838Member, Greeter Member
    Actually FREEZING is good because you have to use more energy to keep the body warm. When I lived in VA, I just bundled up and bought clothes that were rain resistant. Buckle up. Just do it outside.

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  • RainRedfieldRainRedfield Posts: 592Member Member Posts: 592Member Member
    Guess I'll dig out some gloves and go for it.
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Posts: 22,029Member Member Posts: 22,029Member Member
    How cold is it? I live in Minneapolis, MN and this time of year a hat, gloves, and keeping my body covered with a fleecy pullover and some tights does me pretty good. I usually feel cold for the first half mile to mile or so, but after the warm-up I'm good.
  • BrianSharpeBrianSharpe Posts: 8,901Member Member Posts: 8,901Member Member
    ninerbuff wrote: »
    Actually FREEZING is good because you have to use more energy to keep the body warm. When I lived in VA, I just bundled up and bought clothes that were rain resistant. Buckle up. Just do it outside.

    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 30 years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition

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    Not entirely accurate, if you're dressed properly for the weather (typically for running you'll dress as if it's 10 degrees warmer than it actually is) it takes very little additional energy to stay warm.

    OP I run all year 'round and it gets down to -10C on occasion in the winter. With the right layering you can be comfortable at pretty much any temperature and it's better to feel a little cool at the start of a run to avoid over heating. Everyone's cold tolerance is different do it may take a little trial and error to get it right. I can honestly say, however, that I'd rather run in our cold than in the damp weather you have in PNW.
  • lorrpblorrpb Posts: 11,049Member Member Posts: 11,049Member Member
    Leslie Sansome walk start home or other aerobic video. Dont let the name fool you, you can get quite a vigorous workout.
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Posts: 37,779Member Member Posts: 37,779Member Member
    Yeah, just dress for it and get out there.
  • DancingMoosieDancingMoosie Posts: 4,850Member Member Posts: 4,850Member Member
    I do workout videos every day...
  • VioletRojoVioletRojo Posts: 586Member, Premium Member Posts: 586Member, Premium Member
    Bundle up in layers and get outside.

  • midlomel1971midlomel1971 Posts: 1,174Member Member Posts: 1,174Member Member
    Go online and look on youtube for "cardio workouts". If you have space to do them, they can be helpful.I've been doing workouts in our cold, dirty garage, but it doesn't take long to get warmed up.
  • ALH1981ALH1981 Posts: 550Member Member Posts: 550Member Member
    the peloton app is AMAZING - all types of cardio, running, walking, HIIT, yoga
  • littlegreenparrot1littlegreenparrot1 Posts: 290Member Member Posts: 290Member Member
    I've been clearing out the conservatory today and found the skipping rope, it's been years so I reckon that'll do it.

    I'll try for 2 mins in the morning, get fed up at tripping over it then go for a run 😆
  • RainRedfieldRainRedfield Posts: 592Member Member Posts: 592Member Member
    How cold is it? I live in Minneapolis, MN and this time of year a hat, gloves, and keeping my body covered with a fleecy pullover and some tights does me pretty good. I usually feel cold for the first half mile to mile or so, but after the warm-up I'm good.

    It's been between 30 and 42 at the times I can walk.
  • TausiTausi Posts: 16Member Member Posts: 16Member Member
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Posts: 22,029Member Member Posts: 22,029Member Member
    How cold is it? I live in Minneapolis, MN and this time of year a hat, gloves, and keeping my body covered with a fleecy pullover and some tights does me pretty good. I usually feel cold for the first half mile to mile or so, but after the warm-up I'm good.

    It's been between 30 and 42 at the times I can walk.

    It's about that temperature here right now. I am pretty cold-natured and I'm good as long as I've covered up my ears, have a double-layer on top, and have some gloves on. Some people do a quick warm-up inside before heading out (think a couple minutes of jumping jacks, side hops, etc) before they head out and report that helps.
  • VegasFitVegasFit Posts: 1,195Member Member Posts: 1,195Member Member
    Jumping rope is awesome but check out the local smaller gyms in your area. Quite a few of mine are posting free workouts via their social media and YouTube. Peloton is offering free 90 days as well.
  • emmamcgarityemmamcgarity Posts: 1,476Member Member Posts: 1,476Member Member
    lorrpb wrote: »
    Leslie Sansome walk start home or other aerobic video. Dont let the name fool you, you can get quite a vigorous workout.

    I like the simplicity of her workouts. I also find that she includes a lot of lateral movement which has helped better support my running. Sometimes I’ll do one of her 15 minute videos as a warm up before a run. If really helps.
  • NorthCascadesNorthCascades Posts: 9,589Member Member Posts: 9,589Member Member
    How cold is it? I live in Minneapolis, MN and this time of year a hat, gloves, and keeping my body covered with a fleecy pullover and some tights does me pretty good. I usually feel cold for the first half mile to mile or so, but after the warm-up I'm good.

    It's been between 30 and 42 at the times I can walk.

    It's about that temperature here right now. I am pretty cold-natured and I'm good as long as I've covered up my ears, have a double-layer on top, and have some gloves on. Some people do a quick warm-up inside before heading out (think a couple minutes of jumping jacks, side hops, etc) before they head out and report that helps.

    Drink a hot cup of tea right before you leave.
  • wiigelecwiigelec Posts: 293Member Member Posts: 293Member Member
  • tryingagain5tryingagain5 Posts: 499Member Member Posts: 499Member Member
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    Here's a jumping jack workout my trainer made for me. It takes me about 20 minutes to do it.
  • DancingMoosieDancingMoosie Posts: 4,850Member Member Posts: 4,850Member Member
    I'm also treadmill walking during our virtual meetings.
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