During the summer, you’re an exercising powerhouse. You’re outside all the time swimming, running, hiking, biking. Or if nothing else you’re more likely to make it to the gym a couple times a week. Then, daylight savings time happens and all of a sudden you’re more interested in curling up on the couch to watch Netflix than going for a run.
The winter months can be brutal on fitness routines. Many people feel lost when it comes to staying/getting in shape in the winter. If you’re feeling the winter blues, take these steps to stay active during in the cold weather.
Give yourself time to adjust to the cold weather.
Unfortunately, you’re going to have to go out in the cold to get use to the cold. Try taking five to ten minutes to do some low level aerobic exercise like jogging in place or doing jumping jacks. That way, when you step outside, you’ll already be warm. Dressing properly can also help. Wear layers so that you can peel them off as your body temperature increases.
Grab a buddy
Call on your friends to stay the course. Even if you usually exercise alone, you may need someone to help keep you motivated. Many studies have shown that social support keeps people active.
Rethink your schedule.
If cold and darkness discourage you from morning exercise, take a brisk walk or an exercise class during your lunch hour.
Join a gym
There’s no better way to avoid exercising outside than exercising inside. Dedicated gym-goers aren’t usually affected by the weather. A times, the lingering darkness in the morning and the early evenings can zap away your motivation to hit the health club. If that’s the case, you may need a backup plan.
Try a home workout
A workout DVD or even a quick YouTube search to find indoor aerobic routines can pay off when you have limited space. If you have weights, resistance bands, a skipping rope, a stability ball, trampoline, or other equipment, you can incorporate those into a great full body workout. If you don’t have any of those things, bodyweight exercises and yoga are always great options.
Try something new.
Winter offers some unique activities you can try if you’re looking for some new ways to be active. Ice skating for instance is a great aerobic and social workout that can be done at a very low cost.
Don’t get too discouraged.
Studies show that decreasing the number of days you exercise doesn’t hurt if you maintain the same intensity and time. If you were exercising six days a week back in July, shorting that to three or four days isn’t going to erase the progress you’ve already made.