Cool Winter Workouts

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If winter has you singing the blues because you have to set aside some of your workout routine due to the bad weather, don't look so glum. Here are some ideas for workouts you can do in the winter -- both indoors and outdoors.

The main objective with any workout program is to increase your heart rate, which burns calories. Bearing that in mind, look for opportunities to increase your heart rate. Create a combination of exercises that target the area of your body you want to strengthen or tone. Throw a mat on the floor and workout for 15 or 20 minutes every 2-3 days. Not enough room in the house? Climb some stairs instead.

You'd be surprised at how quickly your heart rate increases when climbing stairs. Climb up and down your stairwell for 10 minutes without stopping for a great warmup. Keep going until you reach your target heart rate.

Go dancing a couple of times a week. The benefits of dance include stress reduction, better body alignment, increased agility and because of its aerobic attributes, it strengthens the heart. Additionally, hundreds of calories are burned up while dancing.