The dark nights and cold mornings becoming increasingly less inviting? If you can’t seem to find the motivation to go outdoors, try adding some indoor training sessions into your winter fitness schedule.

Training in a gym is a great way to keep going and can become your perfect training partner during those dark cold evenings.

Here are our top tips for training indoors this winter.

Treadmill running

Treadmill running is a safe alternative during bad weather and when poor underfoot conditions make running outside more difficult. It’s better to run on the treadmill than suffer an injury. Although you don’t have the beautiful scenery of the great outdoors, research does suggest that setting the treadmill to a 1% incline reflects the similar demands to outdoor running. Keep it interesting by experimenting with different paces and gradients.

Cross Training

Fancy a change from the treadmill? Cross training is a great way of adding extra training to your schedule without risking injury, while also offering welcome respite from the pounding of the streets. There are also other low-impact machines you could try such as the indoor rower, spin bike or the step machine.

Pool Training

Pool training is perfect for maintaining your fitness while injured and helping rehabilitation following an injury. Pool workouts help build fitness, strength and flexibility, without risking further injury. Check your local swimming pool for a list of classes, as there are often fun alternatives to swimming such as aqua fit and water aerobics.