How to enjoy your indoor ­workouts when you love exercising outdoors

6 Dec 2023 14:52PM by David McDermott - Athletic Training Activist

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Love your outdoor workouts but finding it a little too chilly outside? We know the feeling. The summer is a brilliant time to enjoy outdoor activities like walking, jogging, cycling and watersports, but it can be hard to give them up in the winter.

Well, the thing is: you don’t have to.

There are plenty of ways for you to enjoy your outdoor workouts from indoors. Yes, we mean it! Here’s how…

Swap what you love outdoors for alternatives indoors

Whatever you love doing outdoors, there’s an indoor gym activity that you can do instead. Think about it: swap cycling for a cycle class, trade trail running for the treadmill, swap outdoor swims for plunges in the pool. Whatever you love, Virgin Active has something to help you get it.

Your goals don’t have to stop. You just need to change them a little.

Focus on indoor goals that help your outdoor goals

If swapping your outdoor workouts for indoor alternatives doesn’t feel quite right, you’ve still got options. Why not train so that, when the weather warms up, you can get back to what you love and feel fitter and stronger?

For example, if you love taking part in sports competitions, you might want to use the winter months to focus on developing areas of your fitness to get a faster time, longer distance or heavier weight when you next compete. For example, if you’re training for a marathon, spend time in the gym to strengthen your lower body and core.

Keep active outdoors

Even though it might feel a little colder outside and the days are more grey, that doesn’t mean you have to completely give up on your outdoor workouts. Wrap up warm and get prepared. Your outdoor workouts can still go ahead, they just might need a little more planning. Having a training plan that you can stick to is essential. It will keep you accountable and help you to get started on your workout without even thinking about it.  

Feeling ready to get started? We’re here with you all the way. And if you need some help, speak to our team or a Personal Trainer on the gym floor.


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