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Those Sandwiches Piled High with Pepperoni, Salami and Other Italian Specialty Meats has Taken a Toll on Your Midsection

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Man, it’s cold outside. And if you can’t stand the cold weather because it keeps you from going outside to exercise, we have at least one thing in common. Even warming up the car to drive to the gym is a huge pain.

You might wish to stay snuggled up in your home this winter and basically hibernate, but the reality of the situation is you really need to get some exercise. You see, if you are like most, you spent the holiday season eating holiday foods, lots of holiday foods. You also had your fair share of sandwiches piled high with pepperoni, salami, chorizo and other Italian specialty meats.

To say you may have overdone it this holiday season is an understatement. All that eating has taken its toll on your midsection and something needs to be done about it.

Lucky for you, we compiled this list of things you can do in the cold of winter to get the exercise you need. Try a few of them, it won't kill you.


Walking or running up and down the stairs in your house or apartment complex will give you a great high-intensity cardio workout. It will work wonders on your legs as well. Try climbing the stairs two at a time and doing jumping jacks between floors to get a more intense workout.

Mall Walking

When the weather is too cold or snowy to walk outside, head to your local mall and walk. A brisk, one-hour walk will burn up to 400 calories.

If your mall has multiple levels, climb stairs or walk up escalators to challenge yourself and burn added calories.


If you enjoy doing something less structured and fun, try dancing away those extra pounds. Crank up the volume to some of your favorite tunes and dance the day or night away.

Take it up a notch by mixing in jumping jacks, dips or push ups while you are busting a groove.


Racquetball is a great option if you want to burn fat. Racquetball requires you to work almost every muscle in your body, you are constantly moving from side to side anticipating where the ball will bounce.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Rock climbing increases physical fitness while challenging your strength and agility. Not only that, indoor rock climbing is pretty darn fun.

Indoor Cycling

Indoor cycling is a great way to get some exercise without having to deal with the elements or traffic. Pop in your earbuds and get into a groove, letting your imagination take you to whatever fantasy location you have on your mind.

Create Your Own Routine

Without leaving the comfort and warmth of your home, there are plenty of options available for exercises. Here is a sample workout:

  • Three minutes jumping rope
  • Three sets of 10 pushups
  • Three sets of 25 crunches
  • Three sets of 15 squats
  • Three sets of 15 lunges
  • Run up and down the stairs six times

All it takes is a little creativity and you can get the exercise you need to shed those few added pounds without having to suffer the cold of winter.

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