If you’re anything like me, a cold winter day results in the desire to cuddle up under a blanket next to the fireplace. All day long. And as great as this sounds, reality always hits- telling me that I have things to accomplish. One of those being keeping up my fitness routine. Trust me, I know getting the motivation to work out on a dark, cold, wet day can be hard. But hopefully these suggestions will keep you on track with your fitness goals during this winter season.
During the winter, it snows on a regular basis where I live. So, if you live in a place that snows, take advantage of it! There are several ways to stay active in the snow.
- SHOVEL WALKWAYS: This is a great workout that will get your heartrate up and work muscles you may not even know you had.
- PLAY: Go play in the snow! Snowball fights, build a snowman, sledding, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding… the list could go on and on. These activities get you moving, allow you to participate in a seasonal activity, and it doesn’t even feel like you’re working out (which is the best part of all).
If you don’t live in an area that snows or if you don’t enjoy being out in the snow, I’ve got you covered too.
- AT HOME WORKOUTS: There are tons of free videos online and apps that will provide you with a workout routine all from the comfort of your own home. Many of these routines don’t require any equipment. If they do, you can always invest in some fairly inexpensive equipment or improvise with items found around your house.
- GYM: Obtain a gym membership or join a fitness class. These will provide the equipment you need in an indoor environment.
- HOUSEHOLD CHORES: Don’t underestimate the power of working around the house. Vacuuming, climbing stairs, scrubbing toilets- it all gets you moving. And if you’re looking to add a little extra umph, throw in a few squats while doing laundry, use your kitchen counter to do a couple incline push-ups while making dinner, or do some lunges as you move from one room to the next.
Just because it’s cold outside does not give you an excuse to hibernate all winter. You may have to adjust your normal fitness routine but as you find ways to keep moving, your body will thank you.