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Too cold outside – hit the elliptical trainer!  In many regions in the United States, winter means frigid temperatures and harsh weather, which can definitely test the mettle of even the most dedicated outdoor exercisers. In some cases, despite the many layers of cold weather gear, icy, wet, dark or white-out conditions make outdoor workouts unsafe.

Elliptical trainers at home or the health club are an excellent alternative to outdoor exercise. They provide total-body conditioning and are low-impact, which is kinder to the joints. And with a variety of resistance levels and programs, elliptical trainers accommodate every exerciser – from beginner to athlete.

For extra invigoration on an Octane elliptical, try the Workout Boosters, such as X-Mode, GluteKicker and ArmBlaster, which pepper sessions with one-minute intervals that require you to squat, push the arms, go fast and more. On the xRide recumbent elliptical, take on targeted strength training with Muscle Endurance, Chest Press and Leg Press to add a new element to your cardio workout. And the LateralX offers ThighToner and Quad Power to effectively hit these common trouble spots in the hips, glutes and thighs.

After the one-minute intensity spike, you perform your cardio routine for two minutes – and then the burst comes again. This type of interval training is one of the best ways to burn calories and boost metabolism. Plus, Workout Boosters not only add variety to your workouts, but also break up sessions so that the time flies by! You’ll be energized and motivated after an exhilarating session on the Octane elliptical trainer.

Don’t go into hibernation in the winter and put your exercise regimen on hiatus. While not as scenic, indoor workouts let you continue your fitness routine and continue benefitting from regular exercise. Seek out alternatives to your outdoor sweat sessions and keep moving inside. Then, when the weather eventually breaks – and it always does – you’ll be immediately on your game outside with no ground lost.