There are a variety of reasons to bring your workout inside.
Usually it is the weather, rain, snow, cold or heat. But there are other reasons such as injury or boredom. Whatever the reason, bringing your workout inside does not have to be boring or a pain. There are a few steps to take to insure a smooth transition and to make sure you enjoy your workout inside or out.
The first step to bringing your workout inside is to make sure you have the proper equipment. Depending on what exercise you were doing, trail running for instance, and what exercise you are switching to — treadmill running — you will want to make sure you have the proper equipment, indoor running shoes as opposed to trail running shoes. You also will want your equipment “broken-in.” Wear your new shoes walking around the house to make sure they fit correctly and they do not give you blisters.
The next step is making a plan and slow transition. Before you walk into the gym, know what you are doing. Are you going to do cardio for 20 minutes, lift weights, or take a class? If you are lifting weights, what muscles groups are you going to target and what exercises are you going to do? These are all important questions to ask yourself before you get started for the day so you have a plan of action.
The other thing to remember is to start slow and work your way up. Try not to overdo it the first couple of weeks. If you have been running outside, it is different to run on a treadmill so you might not be able to go as far the first few times.
When inside, it is a good idea to bring music to listen to if you are not joining a class. The ambient noise inside a gym is not the same as when exercising outside. Make sure your music drives you to work out and push yourself. This is different for everyone; some are encouraged to run faster to pop music where others work harder when they hear a symphony. Find what works for you.
If you like variety in your workout, try a class. There are many different classes to suit any personality. Yoga for stretching and relaxing, Zumba for a fun dance workout, Y-Pump, or BodyPump™ to get stronger as well as increase your endurance, or CXWorx™ to work your core. As with anything, if you do not enjoy the class, try something different.
Bringing your workout inside does not have to mean the end of your fitness routine. With a few steps, you will be ready to hit the gym and workout as hard as you did outside. You might even find something that you want to keep doing once the weather turns nice again.
Candace Davidson is the Wellness Director for the McPherson Family YMCA. She has a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and is an AFAA certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor.