Battle the Bulge Without the Gym: 10 Indoor Workouts for Winter
One of the most challenging, effective, and economical workouts may be the simplest: Do 100 burpees as fast as you can. Burpees burn fat off the body like a blowtorch, build functional strength, and require no equipment whatsoever. Not sure what a burpee is? A YouTube video explains.
The 100 Pushups Challenge (with its very own eponymous website) is a training program with the advantages of a clear goal and straightforward monitoring of progress toward the magic number. Bragging rights naturally flow: Being able to do 100 pushups in a row is quite impressive.
Another option for indoor exercise inspiration is YouTube. Searching for the term "workouts" and specific types of exercise programs, such as core workouts or indoor cardio workouts, turns up thousands of results -- some general, some very specific. Shorter clips teach an exercise or routine while entire channels, such as BeFit, are dedicated to fitness.
App stores are stocked with scores of cheap or free fitness apps for smartphones and tablets. Complete workouts are available at no cost with iOS and Android apps such as Skimble's Workout Trainer, Johnson & Johnson's Official 7 Minute Workout, and Sworkit.
A final option for a cheap indoor workout is to invest in home gym equipment. A treadmill, elliptical, or exercise bike may not be worth the price for people who prefer to exercise outdoors, but smaller and less costly fitness equipment to use at home in the winter includes a jump rope, a balance ball, kettlebells, and dumbbells.