If you’ve made a commitment to become healthier and more fit in 2014, you may be finding that it can be a tricky feat in the dead of winter. Some places across the country are experiencing temperatures so low it can take your breath away. New York isn’t exempt from harsh winter days. When going to the gym isn’t an option, move your cardio inside.

There are many ways to take your cardio indoors and make the best of it--even on a tiny budget. If you have a set of stairs, start there. Use them to run up and down, do step exercises, and stretch before and after working out. Remember those famous training scenes from the “Rocky” films? After the stairs, spend a few minutes jumping rope to get your heart rate up and work your arm and leg muscles. Don’t forget to steer clear of objects and ceiling fans.

Lunges are very effective in strengthening your lower body, and can be done one room or going up and down a hallway. Make your own weights using water bottles. Strength training is very important to maintain bone mass and to keep joints healthy and strong. The standard push-ups, leg lifts, crunches and squats can be done anywhere without any equipment.

If finances allow, invest in a treadmill so you can walk or run any time of the year. If you have access to the Internet, there are many free workouts available that you can download and follow.

During your efforts to stay healthy, contact Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. if you are experiencing any type of foot or ankle pain. Many minor symptoms will worsen over time, and you may have an injury that needs treatment. Call our office in Massapequa, NY at (516) 804-9038 to make an appointment today.

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