How to Stay Fit When It’s Cold OutsideOctober 23rd, 2012
As the cold months roll around, getting motivated about staying fit and active can be extremely challenging. When it’s dark and cold outside, our natural reaction is often to stay inside where it’s warm and go into virtual hibernation mode. Unfortunately, this can lead to weight gain and have other unhealthy consequences.
Although it can be a major struggle to stay fit and healthy during the fall and winter, it is still within your reach. Here are some tips for staying healthy this cold season:
Get a Gym Membership
If it’s too cold to workout outside, why not head over to your local gym? Unless there’s hazardous winter weather conditions, there really is no excuse not to still go to the gym during cold weather. If your gym routine is getting a little stale and you feel unmotivated to go, try spicing up your routine a little. You could try using new machines and try out new exercises or even start attending a new fitness class. Overall gym memberships can help you stay motivated and on top of your exercise routine while giving you somewhere with temperature control during the winter.
Use Fitness DVDs
Home workout routines can provide a fantastic way to beat the winter blues and stay in shape. If you don’t feel up to facing the cold weather, there’s no reason why you can’t still enjoy an excellent workout routine from the comfort of your home. Try to choose exercise DVDs that you think you’ll actually enjoy and will commit to long term. There’s a huge range of fitness DVDs out there catering to many different genres so there should be plenty that will spark your interest and help you maintain your fitness levels throughout the cold weather.
Play Indoor Sports
If you’re the sporty type, you know that sports aren’t just for the summer. There’s a plethora of indoor sports that can be played all year round, and that can be a lot of fun. Even if you’re not much into sports, there are still some sporty activities you may still enjoy during the winter months. For example, you could try rock climbing or ice skating. The important part is to keep moving during a cold snap and sports can help make doing this more fun and enjoyable.
Exercise at Work
Exercising before or after work can be tough, as you may feel too exhausted or stressed to dedicate time to exercise. If this is the case, there are fortunately many exercises you can do at work. Try storing some lightweight dumbbells in your desk drawer and doing some reps when you next find yourself on a lengthy conference call and try to take the stairs whenever you can. Think of creative ways you can exercise at work and this may spare you the hassle of having to workout when you get home.
Brave the Cold
Sometimes it can feel great to just wrap up warm, brave the cold and workout outdoors. As long as the weather conditions aren’t dangerous, exercising in cold weather can be refreshing, invigorating and energizing. Try taking a jog outside one winter day and see how it feels. Just make sure that you do wrap up extra warm and definitely bring a bottle of water with you.
Doing in exercise in cold weather may seem unappealing, but if you want to stay in shape and not put on excessive weight during the winter period, it’s essential that you maintain your exercise routine throughout the cold months. Use the above suggestions to help you find a winter workout routine that works for you, and good luck!