10 Awesome Tips That Will Keep You Fit This Winter
Let’s face it, working out during the winter is just plain hard. The short daylight hours and the long, cold evenings aren’t exactly motivating. It’s a lot more attractive to bundle up by the fireplace and enjoy lots of delicious comfort food. Am I right?
But the truth is you can’t forget about fitness. Staying fit during the winter has many benefits: it boosts your immune system, it energizes you, it improves your mood, and helps you burn the calories from all that comfort food you ate.
Plus, you won’t be sorry for all those winter workout sessions. Summer bodies are made in winter, remember?
So before you put away your gym bag until next spring, take a look at these awesome tips that will help you keep up with your fitness goals. You’ll be able to stay fit even during the worst of the holiday season!
The best way to keep yourself motivated is to set winter fitness goals, or just don’t forget about the ones you already have.
But if you can’t continue running in your usual route or if you have to give up your gym time entirely, try to think of new goals to keep yourself busy.
For example, you can challenge yourself to lift more weight or do more burpees or pushups in a shorter amount of time which is a part of high interval training.
It’s important to keep your eyes on the goal so you won’t be tempted to forget about doing any exercise at all. You don’t have to start over if you never actually give up, so next spring, you’ll be even further along.
Work out indoors
This is a great way to keep yourself fit when going outside is no longer convenient. Instead of going for a run, consider using the treadmill at home or at the gym. Or instead of dragging yourself to the gym, consider staying at home.
You don’t really need a lot of equipment to get a good workout. You can use exercise DVDs or log into your favorite YouTube fitness channel.
Most of the time, all you really need is a mat, a pair of dumbbells, resistance bands, and maybe a BOSU or a stability ball.
A simple search will turn up hundreds of home workout ideas you can use to reach those winter fitness goals we talked about.
Try winter sports
If you really can’t give up your outdoor sweat session, surrender to the season and try a few winter sports. There’s snow running, ice skating, snowboarding, skiing, hockey, and many others.
Winter sports can be quite challenging, so you’ll probably be a lot stronger and fitter when spring finally rolls around.
Get proper workout gear
Your favorite tank top and shorts just won’t do, even if you workout indoors. You need to invest in proper shoes, shirts, and pants to keep yourself dry and warm. A hat, gloves, and a vest won’t hurt either.
It’s best to buy gear in bright colors if you go out jogging in the evening or early in the morning. Also, dress in layers and peel them off as you get warmer.
Finally, take off your sweaty workout clothes as soon as you finish. Wet clothes can get cold fast in winter weather.
Adjust your routine and be flexible
You can still work out pretty much like you’re used to, only with minor adjustments.
If you prefer to work out in the mornings, make sure you get enough sleep and turn on the light as soon as you wake up to feel more alert. A cup of coffee or green tea can be helpful too.
If you prefer to work out in the evenings, take your gym bag with you when going to work so you’ll have no excuses. Getting a gym partner is also a good idea.
On the other hand, you have to be more flexible about your workouts if the holiday season is keeping you busy. Instead of a long session, you can do several short, intense bursts of exercise throughout the day. Or you can do a long session 3 times a week instead of working out every day.
Precautions Before Working Out in Cold Weather
Finally, remember you have to take precautions when you’re exercising in winter weather, just like you would during the summer.
- Warm up indoors.
- Don’t exercise outside if it’s raining or snowing.
- Stay hydrated.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Wear a scarf or breathing mask over your nose if it’s too cold outside.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Don’t forget to cool down.
Ready for your winter workout?
There’s no reason to stay on the couch watching Netflix during the winter. You can stay fit and healthy during this season by following these few simple tips.
And you won’t be sorry. All the people who work out and eat healthy during the winter will always look sexy in the summer!