Yes, it is winter time in Chicago. We are expecting sub-zero temperatures in the coming days of early January 2014. I know you want to keep training even though you can't get outdoors. But, what do you do? There is a foot of snow on the ground. You cannot train in the streets because it gets dark at 4PM.
What you need is the right equipment to keep training indoors. Why go to the gym when you can build your own gym in your home? I have a small weight training set up in my basement. I have a wide range of dumbbells. Plus, a Smith Machine, a weight bench, a Tower of Power, a treadmill and an indoor cycle. Now, I didn't go out and purchase those all at once. I received most of my dumbbells over a ten year period. Every year my wife would purchase a new weight for me.
When I was younger I ran competitively, but it was always difficult training in Chicago winters. One winter I was running 7 miles a night on a treadmill. It wasn't ideal, but it allowed me to keep my cardio up for when it was safe to get back on the streets.
My running days appear to be mostly over as my ankle just hasn't healed the way that I had hoped. But, I am able to walk so I am on the treadmill 5 to 7 days a week getting in about 15 miles a week. I try to lift at least 3 days a week and if possible 4 days a week. I bike 3 days a week.
But, what do you need in your home gym? I recommend a treadmill. You can find the one that is the right size for you and your home at ivgStores. Try this link to get the best deal, Get the latest in Fitness, Exercise, and Relaxation products from ivgStores - SHOP NOW!. You get a great warmup with a treadmill. Whether you walk, jog or run, you raise your heart rate and you get the body warmed up to begin the hard core workout you need.
Another great warm up machine is a stationary exercise bike. There are many different varieties available. If you are just warming up then get something simple that doesn't take a lot of space. But, if you want the exercycle to be the exercise itself then find one that allows you to use your arms and legs simultaneously.
There are home quality rowing machines for back and upper body workouts. Elliptical machines offer a high intensity cardio workout without the pounding and joint pain that running causes. You may want dumbbells and kettle bells for a full body weightlifting experience.
As we age it is important to keep our weight down. Continue to weight lift to keep the bones and muscles strong. And stretch with Yoga exercises to stay flexible.
A home gym can keep you from having to go outside on snowy cold nights. You know what I mean. How often have we told ourselves we will work twice as hard tomorrow because it is raining or snowing tonight. Why not use a home gym and get the workout you need without leaving the home?