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There is a chill in the air, making it so much harder to leave the house to workout, so we are looking at ways to do it at home and get the family involved.


South Africa (14 June 2021) – As the winter cold sets in, you might find your workout routine disrupted by chilly winds or rainy conditions. Though it’s tempting to climb into your pyjamas and curl up under a thick duvet, you need to keep active throughout the winter period. Not only will it help you stay in shape and prepared for the warmer summer weather, but keeping fit can help fend off colds and flu, which is great considering that we all want to keep our bodies strong in the face of the ongoing battle to avoid infection from Covid-19. It doesn’t really matter what exercise you enjoy most; you can find indoor alternatives to keep fit in the comfort of your home.

Below are a few workouts to try at home which should help you keep moving throughout the winter period.


If you’re looking for a relaxing physical activity, yoga will definitely be your go-to. Whether it’s done in your bedroom, living room or in the garage, this activity will help keep your body in check. If you’re new to yoga, try and find a few online videos which will help you get started – YouTube has thousands of clips with all the different meditation techniques and poses you can learn.

Play around with the kids

With winter coming up, your kids will most likely spend more time indoors playing video games. Why not encourage them to get active with you? Whether you play a game of hide and seek or on-on or even a family dance-off, playing together is a great way to get in a workout session and have fun while you’re at it.

Just make sure you move all the furniture out the way first: the last thing you want to do is damage your home while busting out your signature dance moves in the living room.


Now that you’ve lost the dance battle to your youngest son in the living room, you might want to continue practising those moves. With Zumba, you can do just that. But, of course, if you’re new to this, there is no need to worry. There are plenty of options available today for Zumba beginners, including workouts through your phone, TV or video gaming systems and YouTube. There are also loads of free options for those who aren’t keen to spend on online classes.

Running alternatives

If you’re a fan of cardio exercises, running is probably one of your favourite ways to keep your body fit. However, the frosty cold winds and rainy conditions might be a buzzkill. A great way to solve this problem would be to get yourself a treadmill. Now, I know what you’re thinking: those things must cost a fortune, right? Well, not necessarily. You could always look at alternative ways to get the gym equipment you need without breaking the bank. A useful tip: Teljoy allows you to pay for the gym equipment you need to keep fit from the comfort of your home on a subscription model. In other words, you pay a small monthly amount and, after you’ve done that for a certain number of months, the equipment becomes yours.

You can keep exercising all winter—without stepping a foot outside. It might take you a few tries to find an indoor workout you love, but don’t give up: you might just find your new favourite activity.

Sources: Irvine Partners
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