The Hottest Winter Workout

Fitness: Workouts

By: // December 30, 2014

Forget about winter and feel the burn with this hot workout guaranteed to elevate your temperature on even the coldest of days! Since each exercise doubles as cardio and resistances, your core body temperature rises as your muscles are working overtime. Just like a car, your body burns fuel to produce the energy your working muscles need. As you increase your speed or the demand you place on your muscles, your body temperature rises and burns more fuel. The end result? You stay toasty warm!

While this routine is a full body, calorie-burning program, special emphasis is placed on cardio, leg strength, and core. You’ll get the biggest muscles in your body burning up fuel and you’ll get a toned tummy and a firm tush, too. Repeat the five-exercise sequence three times through for best results.

Speed Skater

This sweaty cardio exercise is a killer move for the lower body. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, squat low and try not to rise as you perform the move. This will recruit more muscles in your body for an advanced burn.

Alicia Jones demonstrating how to do a speed skater cardio exercise.

1) Start standing with your feet hip-width apart.

2) Hop your right foot to the right and sweep your left leg behind your right leg. At the same time, swing your left arm across your body and right arm behind you back.

3) Then jump to the left and switch legs and arms. Keep switching sides like a speed skater.

Repeat for 1 minute.

Polar Bear Crawl

This exercise is more commonly known as the bear crawl but since this is a winter warming-themed workout, let’s change the name to POLAR bear crawl. This full body resistance exercise gives special emphasis to the hard-to-target low tummy muscles.

PolarAlicia Jones demonstrating how to do a Polar Bear Crawl exercise.

1) Begin in push-up position with hands and feet just outside of shoulder level.

2) Step your left hand and right foot forward at the exact same time.

3) Repeat with your right hand and left foot.

Keep crawling back and forth across the room for 1 minute.

[If you’re exercising in a small space: Step your left hand and right foot forward at the exact same time. Repeat with your right hand and left foot. Then, step your left hand and right foot backwards at the exact same time. Repeat with your right hand and left foot.]

Ski Jumps

This high-impact cardio exercise gets your heart pumping. If you’re looking for a lower impact option, simply don’t jump. The motion of bending and straightening your legs still raises your core body temperature and works your tush, too.

Alicia Jones demonstrating how to do a cardio ski jump exercise.

1) Stand tall with your feet together and knees slightly bent.

2) Jump to the right making sure your feet stay together.

3) As your feet touch the ground, bend the knees once again and immediately jump to the left. That is one rep.

Repeat for 1 minute.

Skater’s Lunge

The side gliding action of the skater’s lunge tones and tightens your inner thighs. When using towels under your feet during a side glide exercise, pretend you’re scraping a piece of gum off of the bottom of your shoe. This creates extra friction that engages more leg muscles.

Alicia Jones demonstrating a Skater's Lunge cardio exercise.

1) Stand tall with two towels (or sliding discs) placed under your feet shoulder width apart.

2) Glide your right foot to the side while at the same time bending your left knee. Make sure that your left knee doesn’t go beyond your left toes.

3) For added difficulty, tap your right fingers on the ground just in front of your left foot.

4) Finally, slide your right foot back to starting position and straighten your left leg.

Repeat 15 times and then switch sides.

Ice Climber

Perhaps you’ve seen this exercise in a slightly different form called the Mountain Climber. Instead of lifting up your feet, this exercise uses towels to slide on the floor as though you were gliding on a sheet of ice. It takes the mountain climber exercise and elevates it to a whole new level.

Alicia Jones demonstrating how to do an ice climber cardio exercise with towels under her feet.

1) Place small towels under your feet while your body is in a plank position. Hands under your shoulders. Feet hip with apart.

2) Bend your knee as you glide your right foot up towards your chest.

3) Slowly straighten your right leg as you bring your left leg up towards your chest. This counts as one repetition.

Repeat 15 times.


Feeling the burn on cold winter days is just one perk of exercise. But, if you begin to feel too hot, slow down, drink water and begin when you your body has started to warm down!


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