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The 4 Best Exercises To Do Indoors To Avoid The Cold

The 4 Best Exercises To Do Indoors To Avoid The Cold

The cold winter months have officially hit Cleveland, Ohio. You may be finding yourself not wanting to either walk or drive to the gym due to the bitter cold and chilly winds.

That’s okay, you can still get a great workout in at home and burn the same amount of calories by changing up your workout routine just a little! Additionally, staying active is an amazing way to stay healthy through these winter months, as well as fight off any flu or cold that comes your way.

Check out the 4 best exercises to do indoors to avoid the cold below. Therefore, on the days you just can’t stand to bare the cold, you don’t have to sacrifice your workout by doing so.

Running Alternatives

The first exercise–or exercises– to do indoors to avoid the cold are running alternatives. Running alternatives include the following:

Any of these, or even a combination of, can help replicate the cardio of running. The best part of it is that you don’t need to freeze to do them!


Looking for a more relaxing type of workout? Yoga is just want you need to help avoid the cold. Grab your mat and block and start your zen-session at home. Yoga is great for improving overall strength and flexibility. Not only that, but yoga is a great de-stressor, and can even help alleviate anxiety. If you are new to yoga, you have nothing to worry about. Yoga is for all skills levels and can be modified to assist any pains or injuries you may have.

Better yet, you can heat up your yoga session and try hot yoga! Simply turn up the heat to at least 87 degrees, and start your winter yoga retreat.

Bodyweight Exercises

Another great exercise to do indoors to avoid the cold is bodyweight exercises. Bodyweight training can easily be done anywhere (as long as you have a little bit of room). Want to know the best part? You don’t need any equipment either! By picking three or four of the following workouts to incorporate into your workouts throughout the week, you can help build strength all winter long.

  • Leg Lifts
  • Chair Dips
  • Squats
  • Planks
  • Crunches
  • Calf Raises
  • Push-Ups
  • Lunges

Ascend@Home Workouts

Want to follow along with a workout? Ascend has their very own virtual gym that you can be a part of! By being an Ascend member, you get access to Ascend@Home. Ascend@Home has a wide variety of total body workout classes to choose from, from yoga to HIIT, and you get access to them all! And the best part is, you can do it all from the comfort of your warm home and stay out of the cold!

What’s Your Alternative?

There are plenty of methods to staying active indoors during these chilly winter months no matter where you are. If you’re finding it hard to motivate yourself to do workouts at home, then maybe it is time to hit the gym (*cough* Ascend *cough*) and try out our in-person classes or even try out our award-winning personal training. Either way, it is important to stay active, so find what you love to do and stick to it!

To our valued customers,

At Ascend Fitness & Spa, your health and safety are our highest priorities. As such, we wanted to share with you our participation in Destination Cleveland’s CLEAN COMMITTED initiative.

Destination Cleveland, in partnership with health care experts at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System and University Hospitals, developed recommended safe practices that local businesses can employ to support the safe and responsible reopening of Cleveland to residents and visitors.

We are proud to share that Ascend Fitness & Spa is an official CLEAN COMMITTED business, and we promise to adhere to the practices recommended to keep our employees and guests safe. We are eager and excited to welcome you back to our establishment and hope that our promise to deliver on this commitment provides you with the comfort and confidence to visit us again. When you’re ready, we will be waiting for you.

For more information about this initiative and to find a list of all CLEAN COMMITTED businesses, visit

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