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Fun Fitness Activities to Keep Your Winter Warm

In many places, the month of January is one of the coldest of the year, bringing freezing temperatures and long, dark days. When the weather is gloomy and frigid, it’s hard to get moving or want to stay in shape. However, it is not only possible to maintain your fitness routine during the winter, with a little creativity it can even be fun. Read below for resourceful ways to fire up your exercise plans and add some heat to your winter!

Prepare ahead of time: get ready for winter by investing in a personal trainer at your local gym or buying a lesson at a yoga or Pilates studio. Winter is an opportune time to invest in your health on a new type of exercise while staying warm indoors. Plus working out with other people can inspire friendly competition and ensure you stay interested even on the coldest days.

Switch up your routine: if you usually exercise after work or in the evenings, now is the time to make adjustments and workout in the morning. At the end of the day when you get home from work and the sun has already gone down, you’re more likely to skip exercising altogether. Getting your workout in during the mornings lets you relax at night.

Try a winter sport: ice skating, skiing, snowboarding and even sledding all burn a lot of calories and will keep you challenged to learn something new. If you don’t want to spend money on equipment, consider renting until you have the hang of it. Try group lessons with friends or bring along the family and make a day trip out of it. A benefit to taking up a winter sport is that knowing it will end in a few months can actually keep you motivated to continue with it.

Get original: try working out in places you might not have considered during the warmer months. If your house or building has stairs, running up and down them can provide a high intensity cardio and leg workout. If you don’t have stairs, try doing lunges up and down the hallway instead.

Workout at home: if you really don’t want to leave the house, there are still options to staying active without leaving your living room. Consider turning up the volume of your music and dancing or doing jumping jacks or other calisthenics for 20 minutes. You can also skip rope or jog in place during the commercials of your favorite TV shows. Or pick up a wobble board and practice your balance while improving your posture.

 

American Osteopathic Association. (2015). Don’t Hibernate: Staying Active in the Cold. Retrieved from http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-your-health/health-conditions-library/general-health/Pages/winter-workout.aspx

Andrew, Michael. (2015). 8 Ways to Keep Fit Outside the Gym This Winter. Retrieved from http://www.active.com/fitness/articles/8-ways-to-keep-fit-outside-the-gym-this-winter

Brager, Alana. (2015). How to Stay Fit During Winter. Retrieved from http://www.active.com/fitness/articles/how-to-stay-fit-during-winter

Fitday. (2015). How to Stay Active During the Winter Months. Retrieved from http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/exercises/how-to-stay-active-during-the-winter-months.html#b

Stillman, Jessica. (Nov. 24, 2014). Three Way to Stay Active During the Winter Months. Retrieved from http://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/3-ways-to-stay-active-during-the-winter-months.html

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