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Home fitness equipment including hand and leg weights with a tennis shoe.Don’t let the snow keep you from obtaining those wellness goals this year. Here are simple indoor workout activities you can try before the snow melts away!

  • DANCING: Whether it be formal dancing or a simple boogie to your favorite tune on the radio, dancing has some serious cardio benefits. Did you know in just 30 minutes of dancing you can burn up to 300 calories? So, turn the tunes up and dance around your house for 30 minutes, or look up a dance step you’ve been wanting to learn on youtube and get moving. For the adventurous individual, Zumba or other choreographed fitness dancing classes are also a great way to work up a sweat!
  • YOGA: In addition to improving flexibility and balance, yoga is also great for relaxation and to practice breathing techniques. There are many different videos available for people of all different skill level and abilities, from chair yoga all the way up to aerial yoga. Our staff’s favorite is a youtube series called Yoga with Adriene.
  • LIFTING WEIGHTS: A simple free weight routine is all you need to get started. There are plenty of online workout forums filled with free weight programs for you to try, as well as apps for your phone. You can also talk to your physical or occupational therapist about what exercises may be best based on your desired results and collaborate with them to construct a maintenance program for the winter months.
  • STEP AEROBICS: Another great cardio and strengthening activity. Step aerobics can be adjusted to all fitness levels and tailored to both high and low impact. Great for individuals looking to reduce the wear and tear on already achy joints.
  • PILATES: A combination of yoga and body resistive exercises, pilates seeks to build strength as well as flexibility. Like yoga, there are countless routines can range from beginner to advance lasting from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. Perfect for a person always on the go!
  • PLAYING WITH YOUR KIDS: Be it roughhousing or chasing your little one around the house, playing with your kids can be an excellent way to work out without realizing you’re doing any work, and it’s a great way to spend quality time with the ones you love most.

If you find it hard to keep motivated working out at home, Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton and the Atkins Family Medical Clinic both offer a wellness program. For just a nominal fee all of our workout equipment is available for your use! Call 319-446-7806 (Atkins) and 319-472-6372 (Vinton) for more information or to get started.