Fun Indoor Workouts for Shorter Days

With the shorter days and wet weather, many of our favorite outdoor fitness activities have to be put on hold for a few months. But we still have plenty of fun indoor fitness options that won’t only keep us out of the rain, but are also fun enough to (maybe) not even feel like exercise.

Fitness classes are a great way to mix up your workout routine, meet new people, and stay motivated. Especially on those days when gray weather makes staying in bed under the covers watching Netflix feel more appealing than getting your workout on.

Here are a few indoor fitness ideas to help you mix up your workout routine.

Self-Defense or Kickboxing

Why not learn a valuable skill while also getting in a workout? Not only is kickboxing a good cardio and strength-building exercise, but learning self-defense tactics can make you feel empowered. Kickboxing classes are available for all ages and skill levels and focus not just on working the body but also instilling discipline.

Cycling

If the weather is stopping you from taking your bike outside, why not try a cycling or Spinning class? The difference is that the commonly used Spin is a specific company. Cycling can be a good choice for those looking for an aerobic exercise that isn’t hard on your joints. While you may be familiar with the phenomenon that is Soulcycle, this high-end fitness center isn’t the only place where you can take part in a spin class. There are spin classes at the YMCA and other gyms throughout the area, from Bellingham to Bellevue.

Aerial Yoga

If you want to take your yoga practice to new heights, then aerial yoga might be for you. Aerial yoga involves doing yoga, Pilates, and dance moves while being supported in a type of hammock that hangs from the ceiling. Many yoga studios throughout the area offer aerial yoga in their course rotation.

Dance

Dance fitness classes can be a fun way to work up a sweat. Zumba is a popular workout that involves both cardio and strength-building movements set to Latin beats. Other dance-based exercises such as jazzercise can also be good options. If you’re feeling more daring, consider giving pole dancing classes a spin. And if you want your workout to feel more like a party, you might consider checking out a Daybreaker Party— a two-hour early-morning free-form dance event held regularly in cities throughout the US.

Rock Climbing

If you’re okay with heights and like a bit of adrenaline with your workout then rock climbing could be for you. Indoor rock climbing gyms offer classes for all skill levels and even have opportunities for kids, making this an exercise activity that the whole family can enjoy together. Not sure where to start? Not to worry, most rock climbing gyms offer introductory classes.

Water aerobics or other water fitness classes

Swimming is an exercise that you can do any time of the year with the help of your local indoor pool. It’s also a good option for those who are looking for a lower-impact exercise than walking or running but with the same health benefits. Besides traditional lap swimming, there are also a variety of water aerobics classes that you can choose from. The YMCA or community pool in your city likely has these classes on offer. Some places also have unique water aerobics variations like Aqua Zumba or combo swim-and-pilates classes.

The return of cold and wet weather to the Pacific Northwest doesn’t have to mean the end of your workout routine. By including some new indoor fitness activities into your exercise regime you can have fun while staying healthy throughout the season.

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Grace Carlson

Grace Carlson is a writer living in the Pacific Northwest. When not writing she enjoys reading, traveling, and baking things with chocolate, which she believes is the best medicine for most ailments. Find her online at gracecarlsonwriting.com.