Winter Fitness Tips: Why & How to Stay Active This Season

Most of us will admit that exercising in the cold, wet weather is a challenge, if not downright impossible. But it’s important to maintain a regular, healthy schedule of workouts and activity during the winter months. However, this doesn’t mean you have to go it alone and suffer through the nasty winter weather without support! The following winter fitness tips will explain why, and provide suggestions for how to stay active even when snow, rain and cold might discourage you from exercising.

Fitness professionals of all genres and types will tell you that exercise must be consistent to be the most effective. Don’t put your fitness regimen on hold, just because of rain or snow!

Walking in the snow is actually a great method of winter fitness, since it requires more cardiovascular exercise than walking unhindered on the sidewalk or street. And playing in the snow with your kids and grandkids is both a fun and healthy way to fit in some activity. More restorative activities such as tai chi and yoga can help increase your strength and flexibility, while helping you relax and improve mental and emotional health.

By working out during this season, you can also help reduce weight gain from drinking and eating the rich foods that are so readily available throughout the holidays this time of year. Make eating choices with your health in mind, such as enjoying a couple of satsuma oranges instead of a cookie.

Additional Winter Fitness Tips:

  • Be sure to warm up before your workout! Stretching and preparing your muscles for movement (particularly in cold weather) is important to avoid strains and other injuries.
  • Drink plenty of water. This is important any time of year, but can be harder to remember during the winter, when the rain is coming down or there’s snow on the ground. Follow these tips for staying hydrated during winter workouts.
  • Layer your workout clothing. Dress well for the weather. The first layer should be thermal to keep the heat in, then add more layers and an outer shell that are lightweight and easy to peel off as you get warmer during your workout.
  • Wear safety devices and reflective accessories. Days are shorter and darker this time of year, so if you’re going to be outside for your workout, make sure to wear items that will ensure cyclists and motorists can see you.

How do you stay active during the winter season? We’d love for you to share your tips!

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