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Getting and Staying Fit During Cold Winter Months

Getting and Staying Fit During Cold Winter Months: Winter Workouts to Change Up Your Routine

Why is it that the cold makes us want to sit on the couch with a cup of cocoa, a blanket and binge watch the latest popular show on Netflix instead of continuing with our fitness goals? The fact is, it’s harder to get motivated during the winter despite evidence that cold weather workouts can actually burn more calories.

Sometimes it all comes down to making changes in the way you think about working out in order to find the motivation and energy to get off the couch. If you are looking for some new ideas on how to stay fit during the cold winter months, we have some ideas that will make working out fun.

Fun Winter Workouts to Enjoy Outside

Ice skating – as one of my favorite winter activities that don’t even feel like a workout. The most important thing is to be sure where your skating is safe. Even if it’s not quite cold enough to freeze a nearby pond, indoor rinks offer a safe alternative.

Ice hockey – if playing games get you excited, hockey is one you’ll want to try. It’s a great way to get the family involved or reach out to friends. The competition will make you forget you’re actually working out.

Running or speed walking – As long as you’re dressed appropriately, getting outside for a run, a hike or trying your hand at speed walking is a great new fitness routine to try. The best part is that it’s free and you can do it anywhere.

Skiing – whether you’re experienced or new to skiing, you’ll find it to be a fun and challenging way to work out. No mountain, no problem. Cross country skiing is an amazing workout you can do as long as you’ve got snow on the ground.

Bringing it Indoors

Sports like basketball, tennis, racquetball, and pickleball are all fun activities where you can get a great workout while having fun with friends. Sign up at a local community college fitness center or club in the area.

Boxing – a great stress release as well as a workout that will wear you out. Boxing has become more popular with women and an empowering fitness alternative for gym rats.

Swimming – I’m not talking about the polar plunge here so, you’ll want to find a nice indoor pool in your area. Swimming is a great workout that is easy on the joints and great for the whole family.

Weights – lifting weights is vital for building muscle and strength and makes a big impact on how you look in your clothes. It doesn’t hurt that muscle continues to burn calories even after your workout session is over.

Trampoline jumping – if you have a trampoline park in your area, I highly recommend this one, especially with older kids. I took my kids along with my nieces and nephews, and we all had a blast and a great workout to boot.

Try a new fitness class. There’s no shortage of classes to take when you’re trying to switch up your workout. Yoga, barre, spinning, and cardio with weights are a few of the fun classes to try.

The cold weather can derail even the best intentions for staying fit during the long cold winter but trying new activities is a way to get motivated to keep moving. Wether you enjoy being outside or inside, there are a variety of fun activities that can keep you on track with your long- term fitness goals.

Before starting any new health regimen, be sure to consult with your doctor or nutritionally informed physician.


REFERENCES

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/safe-winter-exercise/
https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-wonders-of-winter-workouts
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/01/01/681259440/could-exercising-in-frigid-temperatures-make-us-healthier
https://www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org/News-Events-Media/News/Check-Up/Stretch-and-strengthen-tips-for-working-out-in-the-winter
https://www.nm.org/healthbeat/healthy-tips/fitness/winter-workouts


Maria Pease 

Health & Wellness Writer Bio

Maria Pease is a freelance health & wellness content writer based in Southport, North Carolina. She has written about health & wellness for more than twenty-five years and has partnered with a variety of companies doing the most amazing work. She loves being able to write about health topics that can change lives for the better.


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