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Some tips to keep in shape over the winter

13 May, 2019 • by Admin

The winter months can be a challenging time to stick to an exercise plan.

For most of the world, the transition from summer to fall and fall to winter never is easy. You still crave those warm summer nights and the idea of seeing a temperature below your age is frightening.

For those experiencing the weather shift and all that comes along with the change of seasons, stay motivated to exercise and maintain your once outdoor routine, slowly starts to crumble with each drop of snow and gust of wind that passes by. Exercise can actually help clear your winter blues and chances are, you'll be in tip top shape once the weather warms up. Be creative and don't stop just because the snow has fallen. Chances are, you'll wake up to a fitter and healthier you come spring.

It's easy to let your workout habits slide during the holidays and cold months, but taking one to three months off can cause you to lose almost all of your fitness gains. It's tempting to stop working out sometime in November as the holiday season sets in. Then before you know it, it's February, and no one wants to go outside after they've been cozy and lazy for the past few months. It's hard to motivate yourself to even walk to the gym by then.

So here's how to make this the winter you stay fit.

Hack your motivation

If working toward a goal isn't the right motivation for you, there are other things that help get you up and moving on those cold, dark mornings. Arranging meetups with a friend helps ensure you won't skip your workout. When you set your goal, consider recruiting a friend and challenging each other to push harder.

Do some extra walking.

I know it’s cold out, and I know walking through dirty, slushy snow hasn’t been fun since you were seven years old. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find other ways to get some extra steps in throughout your day. Instead of taking the elevator to your apartment, take the stairs. Park farther away from your building at work; the extra minute or so in the cold won’t kill you. If you’re that worried about freezing to death, hit the mall—even if you don’t plan on buying anything. But no one will judge you if you treat yourself.

Try some indoor sports.

Your local rec center knows the importance of staying in shape all year long. Check out any intramural leagues that may be opening up in your area. Don’t be discouraged—most of these leagues aren’t competitive, and are full of people of average ability like you who just need to a way to keep moving during the winter. Strap on your new basketball sneakers and hit the court, or get your safety goggles ready for some high-speed racquetball. You might even find a new pastime that will keep you active throughout the rest of the year!

Workout at Home

If you have no desire to head outdoors for your workout, then never fear. There are plenty of resources online that supply fun workout videos and exercises. These resources offer a variety of workouts including yoga, strength training, aerobics and other body-weight exercises. Check out Pinterest for tons of great resources so you can get fit in the comfort of your own living room. You can easily set up a great workout area in your living room or basement and buy some inexpensive equipment such as stretch bands and a stability ball.

Make the most of winter.

While it’s easy to bring fitness routines indoors, perhaps you want to get outside and enjoy the winter months. If you are in good health and your doctor is agreeable, try some more daring winter sports. You could sign up for ice skating lessons, cross-country ski, or snowshoe. If you are not feeling as adventurous, get outdoors and build a snowman with the younger members of your family. Even just shoveling the snow and other winter chores count as exercise. Be sure to bundle up!

Layer Up

If you're that person who loves to run outside, whether rain or shine, then it's important to be prepared for the winter worst. For many people, cold air can trigger chest pain or trouble breathing. Make sure if you have any medical conditions or concerns about exercising outside, check with your doctor beforehand.

Prevent Getting Sick

The more fit you are, the less likely you are to get sick during the winter. It's no surprise that colder weather brings runny noses and winter coughs. Keep yourself moving, put the right foods into your body and make sure you continue your healthy lifestyle to prevent you from contracting any illness. No one wants to spend the holidays stuck in bed, so burn those calories, even if they seem frozen.

Go swimming.

There might not be anything better than diving into a warm indoor pool during the winter. Not only is swimming a great way to remind yourself of the carefree days of summer, but it also is an incredible way to stay in shape. The best part about being in a pool is it doesn’t matter if you’re swimming laps or just floating around—it’s all exercise that will benefit you in the long run.

Maintaining proper diet

  • Calm Your Carb Cravings
  • Add Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  • Cook With Mushrooms
  • Eat More Fiber
  • Eat More Green and Orange Vegetables
  • Cook With Spices

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