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8 Ways to Stay Fit in Cold Weather

Published 12 November 15 12:20 PM

8 Ways to Stay Fit in Cold Weather

When temperatures drop and snow begins to fall, it can be hard to leave the cozy warmth of your home. You may open the door, feel winter’s icy blast and retreat to the couch with a mug of hot chocolate and a cozy blanket. I mean, there’s always tomorrow, right?

As tempting as that couch may be, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and stick to your fitness routine all winter long. Luckily for you, exercising in winter doesn’t have to be so difficult; not when you follow these 8 tips for staying active in cold weather!

1. Look for gym alternatives – For dedicated gym-goers, bad weather never affects their routine gym visits. But for others, it’s a different story. As the days grow shorter, it can be hard to stay motivated and force yourself off the couch and to the gym. So, why not make exercising easier by finding alternative workout methods?

If you’re avoiding the gym, it may be time to invest in workout equipment for your home. You could use a stationery bike, an elliptical or a treadmill. Don’t have the money to spend on expensive workout equipment? Use exercise videos, a stepper, active video games, small barbells or exercise bands instead. You’ll burn off calories without ever leaving the house!

2. Warm up indoors – Before you step outdoors, you should prepare your muscles for working out in chilly weather. Exercising with cold, tight muscles can lead to injuries, so be sure you do some stretching, yoga or another warm up before running in cold temperatures.

3. Bundle up – If you’re that person who loves running outside, no matter what the weather, it’s important to have the right winter apparel. Dress smart and wear plenty of layers so you can easily remove a layer if you feel hot. In case of rain or snow, make sure the top layer is water repellant to keep you warm and dry.

4. Find a workout buddy – Working out with a friend makes you more accountable and offers some friendly competition. While you can easily cancel on yourself, you’ll find it harder to cancel on a friend.

5. Start off small – Don’t feel like you have to keep up with your usual fitness routine. If you normally run 4 miles in the summer, try running 2 in the winter. What’s important is that you work out at a pace that’s comfortable for you.

6. Exercise later – You may be a morning jogger, but in the cold winter months, your best bet is waiting until later in the day. By mid-afternoon, temperatures should be at their highest and pathways should most likely be cleared. That way, you’ll be safer and warmer during your workout. 

7. Try something new – You could try a new workout, sign up for a class or join an indoor sports league. A new activity will create excitement and keep you moving throughout the season.

8. Keep a food journal – Keep track of all of those holiday treats and desserts you consume by writing it all down in a food journal. Watching the calories add up on paper may just be the push you need to get up and go to the gym. 

How do you stay active in cold weather? We’d love to hear from you!

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