Exercising outdoors can be great, and having a beautiful nature scene surrounding you while busting your butt makes the workout a lot more enjoyable. Unfortunately though, when the temperature drops, so can our motivation to get outside and get moving.
The influx of cold weather doesn’t have to mean the end of your exercise routine until the temperature warms up again; here are some great ways to keep yourself physically active without braving the winter weather.
Modify Your Exercises
Changing the scene of your exercise routine doesn’t have to mean that you completely change the activities in your routine! If you like running, run inside on the treadmill on days where it’s too icy out to safely go for a run. If you’re an avid bicyclist, try an exercise bike to get you through those bitter cold days.
Join a Gym
Check out your local gyms to find one that best suits your needs. If you ask, most gyms will allow you to do at least a one day free trial run to see if it’s the right place for you. If you like weightlifting, look for a gym that has the machines, racks, and free weights that you’re interested in using. If you do a lot of bodyweight exercises, look for a gym that has a spacious area with mats for you to use. Most, if not all, gyms will have a section of machines for cardio (think elliptical machines, bikes, and treadmills) in addition to the weights and sections of mats. Here are 5 things to consider before joining a gym.
Start a Home Program
If it’s not feasible for you to purchase a monthly gym membership for whatever reason, try beginning a home program! A lot of programs out there allow you to complete each workout in the comfort of your own home with minimal equipment. For example, Aubrey Nolan and Crush Fit’s program GO! only requires use of a resistant band. If you’re not crazy about investing in a pre-made home program, even just going on YouTube for workout inspiration can give you plenty of ideas to create your own in-home program to fit your needs. You can also check out these 6 easy at-home workouts!
Try Something New
Maybe you don’t want to continue with the same routine, maybe this winter is a chance to push yourself away from your comfort zone and into something new. Do you like to dance? Look for a fun Zumba class. Are you into yoga but feel like you want to change things up? Look into hot yoga or power yoga. Do some research on local fitness classes, and you might just find your new favorite way to exercise!
The end of the summer doesn’t have to mean the end of your workouts, nor should it! There are plenty of ways for you to continue keeping yourself physically active during the winter months, you just have to find what works best for you!
By: Kayla Harwick