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Indoor Exercise Options

Do you have the pre-spring “blahs”? Technically, spring starts on March 20, but if you live in a chillier climate, winter can sometimes feel like it drags on for months. Help beat the blues with some indoor cardio! For many, nothing beats a nice walk outside but, when the weather has other plans for you, it’s nice to know that you can still get moving indoors … and you don’t even need a treadmill or pricey gym membership. Here is a list of indoor cardio options, all of which are more affordable than a treadmill.

  1. Step box (Price: $15.00 – $30.00 per box). This may bring to mind images of ‘90s workout videos, but the step box is still a great way to sneak in a cardio workout. You may even be able to find a more affordable step box at a second-hand store.
  2. Agility ladder (Price: about $20.00). This portable piece of equipment is not just for professional athletes. Get your feet moving and heart pumping while working on balance and coordination. An agility ladder is available at most sporting goods stores. Plus, it’s fun!
  3. Foot pedal exerciser (Price: $25 – $100+). Get your cardio on and legs pedaling at your desk or even while watching TV. And, if you’re looking for something low-impact and easier on your joints than walking or jogging, this could be a great option
  4. Battle ropes (Price: $60.00+). These are on the pricier end of indoor cardio equipment, but they offer a low-impact alternative to more traditional forms of cardiovascular exercise. In other words, they are easier on the knees than jogging or climbing stairs.

You may combine any of the above options to create your very own at-home workout circuit. For example, you could spend thirty seconds on the agility ladder, rest for thirty seconds, spend thirty seconds on the step box, rest, and so on.

Keep moving this spring and those “blahs” won’t know what hit them.

TOPS Fitness Cards are another great way to have fun and burn calories, and available to members in the TOPS Online Store.

This information is educational and may not suit an individual’s particular health situation. Always check with your doctor or healthcare provider before beginning a new exercise program.