Being located in Texas, I admittedly won’t be dealing with the same arctic chill that my northeast and northwest fitness fanatics will be experiencing this winter. But, we still get a bit of cold weather down here, and I think it’s important to acknowledge that sometimes it’s difficult to brave the cold in order to get your fitness fix in for the day. Don’t let the cold derail your fitness plan! There are plenty of ways to make sure you stay fit during the winter.
Take Up Winter Sports
Sometimes the best way to take on the cold, is to just join it. Depending on where you are located, you may have the option to explore any number of winter sports. Ice skating is often available both indoors and outdoors; you can take up figure skating, recreational skating, or even try for a recreational ice hockey league. If you have the privilege of living near skiable mountains, take on skiing or snowboarding. Even something as simple as sledding can be a fun addition to your workouts.
Find Indoor Fitness Classes
If you are someone who really cannot take the cold, and enduring hours of snow and wind chill is completely out of the question, there are still options for you. There are more and more indoor activities these days, so you can have your pick. Take up yoga or pilates, which have been proven to not only build core strength, but to also relieve stress and improve your posture as well. If you have a YMCA or other indoor pool near you, take advantage of it! Swimming is fantastic for both physical and mental wellness, and has been linked to better moods in people who swim regularly.
Exercise At Home
When it’s just too cold to make it to the gym, make a gym at home. I talked about using your own bodyweight to strength train a few months ago, and that general thought process works here as well. You don’t need a gym or equipment to do the basics, like squats, push ups, or lunges. You can also find any number of workout videos on youtube that are specifically geared towards at-home workouts that require no equipment.
For more inspiration on how to stay fit in the winter, check out the following resources: