When the weather turns cold and blustery, it can be hard to force yourself to go to the gym.  The last two weeks here have ranged from -30 to -52 C with the wind chill and we definitely stayed in as much as possible! For days like this, you may decide not to go to the gym,  but you can still get a great workout in the comfort of your home. Here are some cardio, strength training, core exercises and exercise routine suggestions that you can do with simple (if any) equipment.


 If you have stairs in your house (or even if you don’t) stepping will get your heart pumping. Go up and down at a rate where it makes carrying on a conversation hard. If you don’t have stairs, you can substitute by putting a couple of thick hard cover books on the floor and stepping up and down on them while watching TV. Or buy a stepper from Amazon or your favorite fitness store.

Another simple cardio exercise is jumping rope. While it doesn’t work well on carpeting, if you have any type of smooth floor, it works great. If you don’t have any smooth floors, substitute jumping jacks for jumping rope.

Dancing! Crank up the tunes and dance around in your living room, like no one is watching. Pick a time frame, set a timer on your phone and get that heart rate up!

Or try this D.I.Y Workout Builder.  It requires no equipment at all and can be done in your living room. All you have to do is turn on some tunes, pick your fitness level and put in the effort.


Strength Training

 Strength training can range from something as simple as doing bicep curls with a filled water bottle or milk jug in each hand , or using resistance bands to having a small weight bench and a few dumbbells.  Weights and a bench don’t take up much room and gives you the ability to do 18 different exercises. If you outgrow dumbbells, you can move up to barbells.



 Planks are an all-round great exercise for developing your abdominal core. There are so many different types that you never get bored. Side, face-down, feet elevated, one leg raised or one arm raised are just some of the variations to the basic plank.

 Abdominal crunches or presses are also good exercise for your core as are bridges. And none of the core exercises require any equipment at all! 


Exercise Routines

 If you like a more structured program, there are hundreds of different exercise routines of all varieties available for purchase on DVDs or for free on YouTube. Alternating between your own routines and a few of these adds creativity to your fitness program and prevents boredom from setting in. Or if you need more  assistance with your programming in order to reach  your goals, help with your form, more accountability, desire a community and support which is usually more than a free  program offers,  then click on the contact button below to inquire about  getting your name on my wait list for the monthly online Fit Club Program, which will be released soon!

Any of  these exercise options will kick butt without leaving the comfort of your home. Don’t give up on exercising when the weather turns bad. Stay home and workout using a variety of your favorites.

Committed to your success,

Coach Ruth

Coach Ruth

Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor, Active Aging Fitness Coach, Studying for Precision Nutrition Coach