Top 5 winter sports

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Only the truly motivated would don a wetsuit and get into the ocean in winter.


For the rest of us land-dwelling folk, the below sports are bound to keep you fit, hot and happy this winter.

  1. Bikram Yoga

    It's sweaty and it's kind of tribal. The room where you will practice your Bikram yoga will be heated to 37 - 40 degrees - justified because it is believed the warmth will protect and detox your body as you challenge yourself, with 26 different postures and 2 types of breathing techniques. You may even see your fellow yogis donning bikinis and budgy smugglers whilst it's blowing a gale outside. You're going to sweat and twist and balance your body to oblivion. If you're not up to the level of those around you, you can watch in awe as sweat pools on their yoga mat. Bikram adherents claim that it has a multitude of benefits - improved flexibility, immune function, weight loss and reduced stress to name just a few.

    Challenge level is definitely a 5 out of 5 and you can expect to burn between 600 - 1000 calories in a 90-minute session.

  2. Jogsquad (jogging)

    Get your winter running gear out and brave the elements to train for the city to surf or other running events coming up in your capital city this winter/spring. Jogging is a great way to burn calories fast, and if you take part in an online running program you can track your results and be on your way to a personal best.

    Jogging improves your aerobic fitness it can also help you burn lots of calories, which can, in turn, help you lose weight. Some runners claim that it's a meditative form of exercise, and can also help you discover new places in your world and in yourself. So rug up and go jogging, and stay motivated with the Jogsquad program and hit a new personal best this upcoming running season.

    Challenge level: it really depends on how hard and for how long you want to go. Take it slowly and build up gradually to avoid injury. The good news is you can burn between 250 and 350 calories in a 30-minute jog.

  3. Simulated altitude training

    You don't have to get on a plane and fly to Potosi in Bolivia, or Vail in Colorado, to experience high altitude training - actually we recommend you don't unless you've been visiting a Simulated Altitude Training facility in Australia. But these facilities aren't just for elite athletes or those preparing for a trek in Peru. The benefits of simulated altitude training are many, from increased calories burned for the same exercise time and effort performed at sea-level (up to 30% more), and greater aerobic fitness. It also allows you to maintain your fitness when you are injured by ensuring you are maintaining the same level of cardio output at a lower level of intensity. Georgie Drury tried SAT and says - ‘SAT is your secret weapon. Whether you are wanting to smash a PB, looking for an edge over a competitor, or if you are in fact going to high altitude e.g. skiing or hiking. I would highly recommend SAT.'

    Challenge level: once again this depends on how hard you want to go, but you will achieve a higher level of cardiovascular and metabolic stress as you would undertaking the same exercise at sea level. The calories burned really depends on what activity you decide to undertake during your SAT.

  4. Inline skating

    Inline skating is a great low impact (if you don't fall too often) work out, which can burn 30% more calories than a 30-minute run. In fact, you will be easily rolling past the runners, and also be enjoying less impact on your joints. Inline skating is a great way to prepare for the ski season, through building balance, speed, control and fitness. You can get fit with friends and plan a roller girl disco party- there are companies which will hire out all the gear and all you need is to find is a suitable flat venue and get some cool disco tunes downloaded from iTunes.

    Challenge level: 5 out of 5, but this can fall once you get the hang of it. We recommend hiring gear and getting some lessons before you commit.

  5. Rock climbing

    Rock climbing is an awesome workout because it provides stretching, strength, mind control and cardio training. It also uses all major muscle groups. It's really hard to find a sport which packages up all these benefits in one hit. It's also made more accessible to those who don't live in the mountains, with some great rock climbing venues cropping up in most cities. You can also tailor the climb to your level, and find new challenges as you become more experienced.

    Challenge level: really depends on how scared of heights you are. Calories burn 660 to 970 per an hour, which is pretty impressive.


Written by Carly McMillan

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