Stick With Your Fitness Routine This Winter
January 4, 2019
When snow begins to fall outside, you might be tempted to curl up in your apartment and think about working out again in the spring. But it’s much easier to stay in your normal routine than to try to jump back in after a few months off! Here are a few ways to stay motivated.
Go directly from the office to the gym. The second you sink into that soft, cozy couch, it’s all over. You’ll have a much easier time getting yourself to work out if you change right from your business-casual clothing into exercise gear and hit the gym immediately. Don’t count on getting your second wind—it may never happen!
Head outside. Maybe the thought of stepping foot in the bustling gym in January is enough to deter you from exercising. If this is the case, opt for the wide open spaces of the great outdoors. You’ll just need to make a few tweaks to your routine with lower temperatures. Make sure you bundle up in warm, sweat-wicking layers, and don’t forget to cover your head, ears, and hands. Also, keep an eye on the temperature and don’t exercise outside on days when it dips dangerously low.
Ask a friend for backup. You might be willing to skip the gym if no one knows about it, but are you willing to stand up a friend? Ask a buddy to join you in your new fitness endeavor in order to keep yourself honest and motivated. Choose someone who also made a resolution to get more active!
Have a concrete end goal. Instead of simply saying you’ll work out more this year, come up with a specific goal so you can measure your success. For instance, commit to going to yoga twice a week, or sign up for a 5K in the spring and start out on a running schedule so you’re ready.
Winter fitness: Safety tips for exercising outdoors [Mayo Clinic]
Winter-Proof Your Workout [Fitness]
10 Winter Fitness and Wellness Tips [NIFS]