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Winter workouts

It can be hard to keep your fitness routine on track during the chilly months, but staying active during Winter not only helps to maintain your weight, it can also lift your mood and make you feel more energetic.

Here are some cold weather options to keep your fitness momentum going during winter.

Gym memberships – Some gyms offer a seasonal gym membership for 3 or 6 months or even monthly. Most gyms have fitness trainers that can tailor a program to meet your needs.

Indoor sports – There are many indoor activities and sports to try, such as basketball, volleyball, cricket, squash, soccer and indoor rock climbing. Recruit your friends and work colleagues and sign-up for a winter competition.

Yoga and pilates – These activities are great for improving strength, flexibility and balance and can help you relax at the same time.

Skipping – Using a skipping rope is a great cardio workout. It’s cheap and easy to do at home in the lounge room or garage.

Fitness DVD or Wii-Fit – Following a fitness DVD in the comfort of your home has many advantages. You don’t have to worry about the weather, travel or babysitters. There’s a huge range of DVDs to choose from. Or why not get the whole family involved . . . and play a Wii-Fit game.

Always remember to stretch and warm up your muscles first. And always speak to a health professional before starting a new fitness program.