It’s only natural to want to hibernate until spring, but there’s really no excuse for not staying active during the winter months when there are so many ways to work out so you will be fit instead of fat when the spring rolls around.
Here are a few ways to stay motivated even when the temperature plunges.
Schedule It on Your Calendar
We write down important things on our calendars, such as doctor’s appointments. Set aside 30 minutes every day for working out and treat it as seriously as a trip to the doctor.
Timetable Your Week of Activities
The current recommendations are 30 minutes of activity per day. They can be cardio, which burns fat, or strength training. Strength training should be done 2 to 3 days apart in order to help the muscles heal after a session. Plan out which days you will do which.
Try Winter Related Activities
There are many winter workouts you can enjoy, including:
- Cross-country skiing
- Ice skating
In most cases, you will still be able to go out for a walk or a hike in nature. Plan a route around the neighborhood that is close to home in case you have to hurry indoors to get warm.
You can also walk in a mall (leave the credit cards home!) or a well-lit covered parking lot.
Try the YMCA
Many Ys have a pool, which gives a great whole body workout and can be done by anyone at any age. If you can’t swim laps, don’t worry. Many Ys have “water walking” and water aerobics as well.
Most Ys also offer a range of classes. Try aerobics, spinning, Zumba,