I can’t stop the rain from fallin’

Nor should I particularly want to (at least not here in California where we’ve had 3 years with insufficient rainfall) but I do hear you cardio hounds out there moaning as the pelting rain drives you indoors.

What to do?
 How do I get that heart rate up and sustain it?

Well…let’s see…got kettlebells?
 Anyone who has ever used kettlebells will undoubtedly be able to relate how winded a great set of swings or double cleans or snatches can be.

Not into the iron? No worries – how about the most simple of exercises from the old P.E. days of school: Jumping Jacks, Knee-Ups, Butt Kicks?

Too easy? How about standing jumps to a stable surface say 18 to 24″ high?

Not into that level of impact? No problem – dance…yup, dance!
 15 minutes of pretty much any (solo) Latin dance will have your heart rate up there unless you pick the Tango I suppose or the Lambada which besides being the Forbidden Dance (by whom???) is REALLY going to be difficult done alone. Not doing it alone then I guess your heart rate should be elevated quite nicely.

The point is, there are many, many alternatives to outdoors running and I am NOT offering indoor ellipticals or treadmills and such as an alternative – get off the hamster wheel Folks and watch how body fat melts!

One last thing – don’t try swinging that sledge indoors unless you’re doing demo work.

About zolfw

I am an avid trail runner and fitness enthusiast, an accomplished cook, a lover of cinema and literature (although I read everything from graphic novels to professional psychology tomes, neither extreme being literature in the strict sense) . I am a retired Health and Wellness Coach. I am a husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.
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