Today’s guest post is a bit late in coming, but still very relevant for those places where spring hasn’t started poking through yet.
Getting in a good workout when the temperatures drop can be difficult, especially when the weather gets bad. It’s hard enough to stay motivated to exercise when you’re tired or busy, but on those cold nights after a long day at work, the thought of going for a run is probably far outside of what you really want to do.
However, there are a few tricks you can employ to stay fit in the winter if you just plan ahead a bit. Turning your workout into something fun will help quite a bit, too; the more you enjoy doing it, the more motivated you’ll be. This means you’ll need to think of ways to incorporate a hobby into your exercise routine, such as gardening, swimming, or dancing. It’s important not only for your physical health, but also for your mental health as well. Exercise reduces stress, and it boosts your positive, motivating emotions, too. Part of this is biology—the body is regulating itself during exercise, but it also has to do with seeing and feeling the results of your efforts.
Keep reading for tips on how to stay motivated during even the coldest months.
Create a home gym
You don’t have to be a millionaire to have a home gym you can be proud of, and there are plenty of ways you can create your own workout space that won’t break the bank. With just a few simple tools—a resistance band, stability ball, yoga mat, jump rope, and/or some free weights—you can have a gym in the comfort of your own home where you can work out even when it’s snowing outside.
Working out is tough when you’re cold and uncomfortable, so take steps to prevent your clothing and shoes from becoming wet when you need to get outside but the weather isn’t ideal. Wear workout clothes that are made to wick moisture away from your skin; cotton will only absorb it and hold it against you, keeping you cold and miserable. Make sure you have the right footwear for the elements and dress in thin layers to avoid becoming overheated. For more tips on how to find the right workout gear for winter, read on here.
Get in a workout any way you can
For most of us, the days get shorter once winter rolls around, and that means it can be tough to find time and energy to get everything done. It’s important, then, to find ways to get in a workout when time allows. This means exercising in 15- or 20-minute increments (e.g., once on your lunch break and again during a walk after dinner) in order to maximize your workout time.
Keep your workout tools around the house
If you find that your schedule won’t allow for enough workout time or if your motivation goes out the window once the snow begins to fall, start keeping resistance bands under the couch or invest in a treadmill and park it in front of the television. Having various exercise mediums on hand no matter where you are will help you stay on track even when all you want to do is lay on the couch under a blanket and watch Netflix.
Daily exercise is a necessity for all of us, and when it gets difficult to keep up with, it’s important to think outside the box and come up with ways to make it easier. Remember, it’s not just for your physical health; your mental and emotional health can benefit from it, too.
Author Bio: Jason is a personal trainer and caregiver to his elderly mom. He enjoys sharing his fitness knowledge on his website. He is passionate about helping seniors stay healthy and injury-free. He created StrongWell to share his tips on senior fitness.
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