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7 Indoor Equivalents to Keep Your Summer Exercise Routine Rolling

A man cycling indoors on a stationary bike.
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Just because summer is over, that doesn’t mean you have to stop doing your favorite workout. Bring the outside in with these seven indoor equivalents of popular outdoor exercises and keep your summer fitness routine rolling for the rest of the year.

Cycling

A man and woman cycling at home on Pelotons.
Peloton

Switch up the dirty bike pedals for their indoor equivalent, which, according to Instagram, is the exercise you need to have as a part of your exercise routine. The best part about bringing this popular workout indoors is you don’t have to care about the weather, traffic, construction, or flat tires. Yes, please!

Lots of studios (SoulCycle, Cyclebar, Rush Cycle, Starcycle) have popped up in the last few years, offering everything from pumping music and a party environment, to chill vibes and dimmed lights.

Choose your preferred setting, grab your cycling gear (and your BFF) and get ready to sweat your face off! Cycle enthusiasts say there’s no way not to get hooked on the energy you get from a cycling class—it’ll easily carry you through the rest of your day.

If you’re more of a solo biker and you don’t yet have a Peloton, it might time to consider it! The company offers on-demand cycling classes you can do in the comfort of your own home.

Indoor Rock Climbing

A woman and man climbing a rock wall at a gym.
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It might not be as thrilling as the real deal, but the physical workout is pretty much the same. A quick Google search will show you the closest rock climbing gyms in your area.

Classes usually range from beginners to advanced, so let the staff know your level of expereince so they can recommend which one you should try first.

Indoor climbing can get pretty insane, with tilting walls, belay and rappel ledges, bouldering, lead climbing, rope courses, and more. The majority of climbing gyms usually offer yoga and Pilates, as well, as they’re ideal for recovery.

Swimming

Nothing beats summer swimming with the warm sun on your back. If this is your workout of choice, there’s no reason you have to give it up in the fall and winter.

The majority of today’s gyms also have indoor pools, some of which can even be reserved for “private time,” meaning you’ll get the pool all to yourself. There are also swimming centers that focus solely on water sports and have more options to choose from.

Some locations even have swimming clubs you could join and turn your passion into a competitive hobby! Whatever you decide to do, swimming is definitely something you can do year-round.

Rowing

A woman using the Stamina BodyTrac Glider Rowing Machine 1052.
Stamina

Continuing on with the water theme, believe it or not, indoor rowing studios are now a thing! They combine the extreme workout with an amazing feeling of unity as, when you have a sec to look around, everyone is rowing in unison.

Some studios add resistance bands or strength and ab exercises into the mix, making the circuit workout exciting and interesting. Rowing is amazing as it builds both strength and endurance. Plus, when you do it in a class, you get that extra motivational push to make the most of your session.

Every studio offers beginner’s classes, as most people don’t have the proper rowing form, even when they think they do.

Again, if you prefer to work out on your own, there are machines that will enable you to row right in the comfort of your own home. Just make sure you learn and maintain the proper form!

If you’ve always wanted to try rowing, it’s time to give it a shot, and row, row, row that boat!

Skating

If you normally roll around your local park in the summer, most towns have an indoor rollerskating rink, so you can still get your workout in year-round.

Although it’s not an exact equivalent to rollerskating or roller-blading (many find it more difficult), if you want to change things up in the winter, ice skating is an option. Most rinks offer beginner’s classes, and you’ll also get to create some winter wonderland memories if you go with your kids or besties.

If skating with a bunch of people isn’t your jam, just avoid your public rink on weekends or late in the afternoon/evening, as that’s when the majority of kids and families will most certainly be there.

On the other hand, if you fall in love with ice skating, there are a bunch of ice skating clubs you can join and take your hobby to a whole new level.

An Indoor Sports Court

A man and woman playing squash at an indoor sports court.
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From basketball and soccer, to tennis and squash, pretty much any sport you play outside, you can also enjoy inside. There are differences, of course, but take these as a challenge, and let it offer you a whole new perspective on your game.

Grab your buddies and head to the nearest indoor sports court. As soon as the game starts, you’ll soon completely forget you’re inside. And you’ll definitely appreciate playing in a warm gym instead of outside on those cold winter nights.

Running

Last, but not least, there’s that ever-popular workout, running. This is one of those exercises you either love or hate. If you fall into the former category, you probably already have a year-round routine you follow. Maybe you don’t mind running in cold weather.

Hitting the treadmill is definitely not the same as running outdoors, but thanks to technology, there are some pretty incredible running machines on the market today. If you don’t want to go to the gym (and you have the space), you can purchase your own treadmill. Most come equipped with screens that show real running path footage—as close as you can get to feel like you’re outdoor.

Some gyms and treadmill companies even take it a step further, offering running classes where you can compete with your friends for the best time. If you run track, you’re probably already aware of your local indoor courses. Most universities and high schools have one available.

If you’re just getting started, a treadmill (either at home or at the gym) or running club are both fantastic places to start so you can learn your body’s rhythm. Either way, there are plenty of options to get your run in, even if it’s a wintery mess outside.


Just because the days are getting shorter and the weather’s getting cooler doesn’t mean you have to give up your workout routine! Bring that outside routine inside with one of these alternatives—and don’t forget to invite your friends.

Karla Tafra Karla Tafra
Karla is a certified yoga teacher, nutritionist, content creator and an overall wellness coach with over 10 years of international experience in teaching, writing, coaching, and helping others transform their lives. From Croatia to Spain and now, the US, she calls Seattle her new home where she lives and works with her husband. Read Full Bio »

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