Many people all over the world are dealing with cold temperatures and lots and LOTS of snow. They are getting cranky from being cooped up inside are not getting the workouts they are used to. It’s time to take control and make things happen!
Beat the Winter Fitness Slump
Winter and exercise can be quite the difficult mix. In the summer we are glad to be outdoors but in the winter, not so much. At least it’s that way for me, I do not like the cold at all. So here are some tips to help you beat that winter fitness slump and get those exercise routines back up and running. Believe me, I know that many of us would like to be like bears and hibernate when the weather gets cold. Unfortunately, if we sleep for three months that will be a major problem. So, instead of sleeping the rest of the winter away, let’s get moving!
It can be hard to motivate yourself to exercise when all you want to do is cozy up in that new Snuggie you got this holiday season. I am in love with my purple Snuggie, don’t know how I ever lived without one. I digress… Exercise is just as important to the body in the winter months because the body tends to lose heat in the winter so having exercise routines in place is a huge benefit to you. Your body has to work harder to stay warm therefore you burn more calories. Sounds good to me!
Fitness Tips to Get You Motivated
- Find a workout buddy
Having someone to workout with who encourages you to stay on track and helps keep you motivated is awesome.
- Do in home workouts
Invest in a few fitness DVDs, rent from Netflix or if you have cardio equipment like a treadmill or elliptical use those. Other exercise equipment like hand weights, bands or an exercise ball would be helpful too. I love working out in the comfort of my own home.
- Lay It Out
Get your workout gear together the night before. It’s really easy to back out if you’re not prepared. Make sure to put on your workout gear as soon as possible.
- Choose a fun activity
I am all about FUN. If you don’t like your workout, you will most likely find every excuse in the book not to do it. And exercise doesn’t always have to be a structured workout. Sometimes it’s just fun to do something with the family like going ice skating, snowboarding with friends, building a snowman or as simple as a big snow ball fight (that is if you like the cold). If you have fun then it doesn’t seem like exercise.
- Bundle up
If you are brave enough to head outdoors in the cold or snow please dress properly. Remember that you lose heat primarily out of your extremities (including your head), so keep them covered up. Wear gloves and protect your head with a hat and throw a scarf around your neck.
Don’t let the winter weather stop you from staying in shape. Keep the momentum going!
Do you have any tips on how to beat the winter fitness slump?