How to Stay in Shape Despite the Cold


Madison Nitsche

With the frigid weather outside, it can be tough to stay in shape! Here are a few simple exercises to help you to be your best self and maintain a healthy lifestyle!

Running is a great way to stay in shape, and has many beneficial impacts. Not only does it boost the immune system, but reduces stress and can enhance your mood. You can run on a treadmill (available at SHA!) or outside. Also, you can adjust spread and inclination to fit your specific needs. Whether it is walking, jogging, or running, they are all beneficial and adaptable to your own needs!
2) Squats

Squats are a simple, excellent way to strengthen your core. All you have to do is position your feet so they are square with your shoulders, and bend your knees, as if you were sitting in a chair. Make sure to keep your chest tall, and keep your weight equally. If you can do this with ease, try doing a squat jump. Go into a squat with your arms right out in front of you, and push them back as you jump in the air. Once you land, go back into the squat position and repeat.
3) Dancing

There are many different styles and levels of dancing that make it a great workout! There is jazz, hip hop, ballet, salsa, and so many more, each with their own benefits. You can dance with a group, partner, or by yourself, whatever fits your needs! Drink plenty of water, and make sure not to push yourself too much, especially if you are a beginner. By dancing, you can improve your muscle tone, strength, and endurance.
4) Planks

By doing planks, you can strengthen your core, and even better your posture. First, hold your elbows under your shoulders, and keep your wrists in line with your elbows. Then, push your body up into your upper back and hold until. Make sure to keep your body in as straight of a line as possible.
5) Lunges

Lunges are another great workout, that works all of the major muscles in your lower body. Just take a large step forward, bend your knee at a 90 degree angle, and drop the back knee towards the floor. Keep your back straight and have all of your weight on your back toes. Another, more challenging lunge, is the spider lunge. You start in a push-up position, and put your right foot flat to the right side of your body. Then go back to the push-up position, and repeat with your left foot. Lunges are so versatile, there is an option for everyone!