Kim Lyons, fitness guru and star of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” shares her secrets to getting and staying in shape when the temperatures start to dip. 

Five Basic Indoor Exercises to Get and Stay in Shape.

“The first thing I always tell people when they are working out inside is that they don’t have to think like a gym rat. Even if it’s turning on some music and dancing, you just need to be active and have fun with it.” – Kim Lyons

Kim recommends mixing and matching these exercises to burn a total of 500 calories. (Calorie count is based on a 150-pound woman).

Jumping Jacks
Time: 15 minutes
Calories: 100

Jumping Jacks are simple and just about everyone can do them. For extra burn, try holding a water bottle in each hand to create added resistance when bringing your arms up and down.

Side Stepping
Time: 20 minutes
Calories: 100

Reminiscent of 80s aerobic classes, side stepping is ideal for burning calories and toning. While moving side to side, Kim suggests mixing things up by kicking your free leg to your butt (kind of like a hamstring curl).

Jumping Rope
Time: 10 minutes
Calories: 100

“Jumping rope is one of those feel-good exercises that makes you laugh,” says Kim. That’s probably because we are so much less coordinated than when we were kids. When you attempt to jump, make sure the room has high ceilings so that you don’t hit any light fixtures. Get a friend to jump with you and you’ll burn extra calories laughing together (almost 30 every 10 minutes!).

Climbing Stairs
Time: 15 minutes
Calories: 100 calories

Whether you have one stair or a whole case of stairs, you'll be able to get a great workout. “You can go up sideways, hold on to the rail and skip every other stair, add a glut lift, add a high knee and even hop up then walk down,” says Kim.

Cleaning House
Time: 30 minutes
Calories: 150

You can burn 150 calories when cleaning house at a good pace. The key is to turn on some upbeat music, which will help you move faster and make it more enjoyable.

Four Different Outdoor Exercises.

“Making an adventure of it is always fun – even in the rain or snow. Throw your hair in the wind and say ‘I don’t care if I get wet.” – Kim Lyons

Shoveling Snow
Time: 20 minutes
Calories: 100

Who knew such a loathsome activity would be a great way to burn calories? Now you can think of a fresh layer of snow as a blessing.

Ice Skating
Time: 60 minutes
Calories: 500

A skating rink is the perfect date place during the winter months. After you channel Michelle Kwan you can reward yourself with a cup of hot tea.

Downhill Skiing or Snowboarding
Time: 60 minutes
Calories: 590

If one hour of snow skiing burns almost 600 calories, imagine a whole day at the slopes! 

Time: 30 minutes
Calories: 230

Take your inner child for a sledding romp. Try running back up the hill for strength building.

Kim Lyons, one of the top fitness competitors in the world, stars on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” and is the author of Your Life, Your Body. Kim works as a personal trainer in Los Angeles and is a fitness expert for many health magazines. For more information about Kim, check out

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