How To Stay Fit in the Winter!

Winter is a time when nature hibernates in anticipation of spring. However, you don’t have to hibernate along with it. Continue your workouts during the winter so you are ready for spring too.

It can be hard to get up and go for a run or a walk when the sky is dark and the air is cold. But, don’t give up hope. You can stay motivated to continue your workouts in the winter months with a few tips.

1. Get a buddy. There is strength in numbers. Find someone else who loves to work out but may lack the motivation that comes during the latter season. As you work out, share tips on how to stay focused throughout the exercise.

2. Go indoors. Most YMCAs and gyms have indoor pools. You can swim laps all winter long. If you can find a heated indoor pool, so much the better. Also, this is the perfect time to bring out those exercise tapes. Even though the morning is dark, you can turn on a light in the living room and get moving.

3. Exercise with your family. You may not be the only one feeling the winter blues. Get the entire family together and go for a walk, a hike, a jog or even to the backyard for a game of touch football or kickball. The laughter and good memories alone will be worth the effort.

4. Try new things. There are a whole host of winter exercises that you may not be hip to. If you don’t mind the learning curve, try skiing, snowboarding and/or ice skating for a start. Ask active friends what they do in the winter to stay in shape.

5. Continue little changes. Even in the winter, you can still make the little changes that can give you that extra edge. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park away from the building you work in and walk. Get your blood pumping and you’ll stay warm.

6. Call for support. If your feet seem permanently glued to the floor or your butt to the bed, phone a friend. Ask them to remind you why you are doing all of this. A little pep talk now and again can be a great motivator.

7. Create a workable schedule. No one says that you have to exercise every day. Maybe in the winter you can cut back to three or four days a week.

Don’t let the weather get you down. Use the above tips to help you stay motivated to get the work done even when the weather is a bit chilly. When the spring and warmer weather roll around, you’ll be glad that you did.