Outdoor exercisers can reap unexpected benefits by moving indoors

Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:13am EST
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Road runners and cyclists may dread moving their exercise routines indoors as winter approaches but fitness experts say it could be an opportunity to fine-tune a familiar routine or a chance to discover new skills.

Jessica Matthews, a California-based yoga instructor and exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise, said road cyclists, racers and runners trickle into yoga classes.

"The cold weather might have forced them indoors but they discovered something," said Matthews, adding that a change in the weather can offer be a chance to supplement their workout with cross-training, group fitness classes or even workout DVDs.

"Runners and cyclists often spend little time on strength training," Matthews explained. "But we know it is a critical component to enhance what you do and do it safely."

Outdoor runners who shun indoor training, she added, could be missing an opportunity to fine-tune their regimen on a treadmill.

"Many hear the word treadmill and say, ‘No,'" she said. "But with a treadmill you have at your fingertips the ability to tailor, customize and vary your workout every single day: to focus on speed, or to add intervals, or hills."

And your route is not limited to your neighborhood.

Suzanne Bowen, a Panama City Beach, Florida-based fitness expert, has always trained indoors.   Continued...

A man jogs along a path around the Central Park Reservoir with the buildings of Fifth Avenue in the backround in New York's famed Central Park, July 15, 2003. REUTERS/Mike Segar