While subzero temperatures and terrible weather might seem perfect excuses to curl up on the sofa in front of the television instead of hitting the gym, it’s important to fight the urge. Going inactive all winter long makes it a lot easier to pack on extra pounds and lose any progress you might have made on your fitness journey.
Thankfully, there’s still lots you can do to stay fit and active even during hibernation season. Keep your commitment to fitness going strong with one or more of the following suggestions and stay ahead of the game.
1. Sign up for a fitness class.
Chilly winter weather can sometimes make your usual trek to the gym seem less than worth it. This is even more the case if you’re already getting tired of your standard routine. A fitness class, on the other hand, may be just the boost you need.
Signing up for that yoga class or spinning workshop you’ve been meaning to check out gives you something fresh to look forward to. Plus, the presence of an instructor and other people can work wonders for your motivation.
2. Start a home gym.
Home gyms aren’t just for introverts who don’t really care for the traditional gym experience. Even the most dedicated gym devotee occasionally has to work late or stick close to home because of a family issue. Plus, working out at home can be a great compromise when the weather’s truly terrible outside.
Invest in some basic exercise equipment that can help you maintain your fitness progress on days when you can’t fall back into your usual routine. Options like ellipticals and indoor rowers can deliver powerful full-body cardio workouts, while resistance bands or hand weights can help you keep up with your strength training.
3. Take up a winter sport.
If you normally like to get your fitness fix playing outdoor sports like baseball or soccer, don’t think of winter as the time of year you can’t really do what you love. Think of it as an opportunity to explore some new sports. Think ice hockey, skiing, and snowboarding!
Winter sports are every bit as healthy and enjoyable as summer sports when it comes to fitness. They can also yield enjoyable opportunities to take exhilarating vacations, make new friends, and embrace the winter season.
4. Get a head start on spring cleaning.
Most of us think of housework as something that simply needs to be done, as opposed to something that can double as a challenging workout. However, active options like washing the windows, mopping, vacuuming, and sweeping definitely can count as exercise in a pinch. So can outdoor tasks like chopping wood for the fireplace or shoveling snow.
Why not get a head start on your spring cleaning this winter? You’ll be doing something to keep yourself active and fit, but without having to leave the cozy indoors. Plus, your house will look fantasticcome spring, leaving you free to get out and enjoy the sunshine instead of slaving away indoors.
5. Seize every opportunity to be more active.
You don’t necessarily have to block off 30-60 minutes a day to stay ahead of the game when it comes to fitness. Even the least active winter routine comes attached to plenty of opportunities to sneak in a little exercise. You just have to look for them.
If you crave movie marathons and classic TV binges this time of year, keep some hand weights, a stability ball, and a resistance band next to the sofa. Then spend an entire episode doing some strength training exercises or marching in place. Even just getting up and doing a few moves for a few minutes during commercial breaks can quickly add up.
6. Start wearing a fitness tracker.
If you want to really ramp up your strength and speed, you might want to include an activity tracker as part of your ongoing fitness routine this winter. Wearable trackers make it easy to get a handle on just how active you really are, so it’s perfect for those who really do like to exercise in short bursts throughout the day.
They can also be helpful reminders to get up and move more often. Reaching your required number of steps every day can make for a fun challenge. Fitness trackers have a way of making sitting around look a lot less appealing. Get moving today!