Bad weather? Move your exercise indoors

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When the weather is hot, humid or rainy, it’s hard to get motivated to get outside and exercise. Even so, getting in a workout while staying inside isn’t as hard as you might think. Here are some tips for burning calories without running the risk of overheating or getting soaked in a thunderstorm.

Workout DVDs and online recordings

From yoga and Pilates to high-intensity aerobics and more, there’s a wealth of exercise how-to material out there. Search for online workouts on streaming services such as YouTube, Amazon, Netflix or Hulu. If you’re not sure which ones are best, search for reviews and see what others have said before settling on a particular choice.

Try it with technology

Work out indoors with a little high-tech help. Digital fitness trackers, smart scales and mobile apps can help you move more and improve your overall health by monitoring your daily activity. These high-tech gadgets and apps can track key metrics such as weight, heart rate, blood pressure and step count.

Chores can be work — and a workout

No one is ever going to say that emptying the dishwasher is one of life’s great joys, but it does involve squats. Laundry machine downstairs, bedrooms upstairs? No need to invest in a stair machine, you’ve got the original at your disposal, so go up and down a few more times. Get a little creative and most every household task can add to your calorie burn.

Start early, go late

If you’re determined to get outside for a walk on a hot day, go in the early-morning hours, or in the evening after sunset but before visibility becomes limited. The temperatures will be cooler, and it’s nice to get some fresh air.

Window shopping as exercise

If you don’t live in a walkable part of town, see if your local mall has a walking group. Many do, and the center opens up early just so they can come in and get some laps around the empty space. The stores aren’t open, but the window shopping is free as you buzz by on your loop.

Get in a swim

Swimming is a low-impact activity that can help you stay strong and healthy all year round. Many clubs and community centers offer indoor pools that are free to the area’s residents, or accessible at a small cost.

Want more information? Call MissionPoint Health Partners at 855-288-6747 or email us at members@missionpointhealth.org to learn how a Health Partner can work with you to improve your health.