Don’t Let Winter Weather Interfere with Your Workouts

Sledding

Baby it’s cold outside…but that doesn’t mean you have to skip your workout! Here are some tips to keep you moving, when everything around you is frozen.

  1. Acclimate – It takes time to get used to different temperatures whether you’re going from hot to cold or vice versa. Allow your body time to acclimate to the change in temperature. Instead of hibernating when the temps drop, force yourself to keep working out. It will be easier to make yourself go outside if you warm up inside first. Five to ten minutes prior to going out, do some low level aerobic exercises like jogging in place or jumping jacks. That way when you step outside, you’ll already be warm. It’s also important to wear layers, so you can remove them as your body temperature increases.
  2. Get Creative – Don’t let the weather be your excuse for skipping your workout. You can get plenty of exercise inside your home. Try a new workout DVD. If you don’t want to buy one, local libraries often rent DVDs and a wide selection means you can change things up more frequently. Invest in a few pieces of fitness equipment to help you stay on track. Or better yet, use what you’ve got – cans of soup can double as hand weights and who needs a stair stepper if you have stairs in your house? The point is, get creative, not sluggish!
  3. Embrace Seasonal – You could sit around dwelling on the cold weather. Or you could embrace all the options it presents you with. From skiing, to snowshoeing, skating and sledding, there are plenty of winter exercise options that aren’t available to you during any other season, so you may as well enjoy them while you can. Even walking in the snow can be beneficial – it burns more calories than walking on a cleared sidewalk or track. So, bundle up and get out there!