Don’t let the long, dark days of cold and wet winter weather de-rail your workouts. While it is true that cold, rainy weather seems to invite you in to snuggle in front of the fire with a good book, you can’t change the forecast, but you can change how you approach it and still come out of the other side of winter working toward your fitness goals. If you are like most people, moving south for the dreary months is not an option.
Keep in mind, at bare minimum, all you need in 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week to boost your mood and help keep the pounds off. So we want to challenge you to look winter in the eye and get out there and keep moving. Change it up and make it fun with some of our tips to stay active and fit during the winter.
- Get a new mindset: There are activities and opportunities in the winter months that you can’t easily take advantage of in other seasons. Rather than getting sidelined waiting for better weather, embrace the season and the adventures to be taken advantage of.
- Wear the right gear: If you dress to stay dry, you will stay warm. This means a water proof outer shell. Underneath that should be NON COTTON layers for regulating your body temperature and wick moisture away from your skin so you don’t get chilled. How many layers is up to you and your activity.
- Warm up indoors first if you are able: Keep in mind it takes longer in cold weather for your body to warm up, so be patient and give it time before you go all out.
- Protect your extremities: Fingers, toes, and noses are the first to get cold due to your body’s natural response to send blood inward to keep your vital organs warm
- Just get out and play in it! You don’t need to get started in a new, expensive, gear hungry sport, how about building a snowman, starting a snowball fight, or making snow angels? They burn 285, 319, and 214 calories per hour, respectively. Check out this detailed list of just how much you burn doing other winter sports.
- Protect your skin: A dry, tender chapped face and lips is enough to make you avoid the next winter workout. Apply a serious winter hydration with lubricants and SPF such as Murad Winter Hydration or Clairns Hydra-Care Serum.
- Protect your feet: Running shoes tend to breathe too well in the winter and let cold air and moisture in. Prevent this with shoe covers. If you hike or snowshoe, gaiters are a must.
- If you need a break from some really bad weather, sign up for a winter sports league such as dodgeball, coed volleyball, or any other sport of your choice. Your local parks and rec department is happy to keep you moving this winter.
The important thing is to find those activities and scenarios that make it work for you to keep active and staying strong. Spring is not that far away and remind yourself that it will be that much more enjoyable if you are fit when the good weather hits.
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