Do the winter months give you the fitness blues? When the days are shorter, darker and colder, it can feel so hard to get yourself motivated to work out. But don’t throw away your summer fitness just because it’s cold outside! There are plenty of fun ways to maintain (or even gain!) fitness during the winter months.
Handy Tips To Keep You Fit
Here are some handy tips to keep you strong and slim all winter long.
Just Don’t Quit
It’s totally okay to dial back your workouts for a few months, as long as you don’t quit them altogether. Staying even a little active will help you maintain a base level of fitness that you can build on again in the springtime, but giving up all exercise means you’ll be starting from scratch.
If you’re used to 30-45 minute workouts, you can get by with as little as 15-20 minutes and not lose much fitness for several months. Staying active will also help you to not gain weight during the holiday season, so set the goal of exercising at least a few minutes every day.
Don’t think a short workout is worth your time? You might be surprised at what you can accomplish in just 15 minutes!
Try this quick bodyweight-only workout:
Move Your Workouts Indoors
When the weather turns cold and dark, even die-hard outdoorsy exercisers need to bring their workouts inside for safety. Nowadays you can find almost every outdoor activity indoors: running, hiking, bicycling and climbing can all be done safely (and warmly!) in a gym.
Don’t want to join a gym? You can still get a great workout in your living room with little or no equipment.
Do Sport-Specific Training
If you’re looking to keep up your fitness for a sport or event in the spring, make sure you do training that will keep you fit for that activity. For example, if you’re going to run a spring marathon, you’ll want to keep up with endurance cardio workouts. If you’re going to play soccer, you can work on strength, agility and sprinting during the winter. Again, even a minimum amount of exercise – if geared toward your specific goals – can keep up your fitness.
Vary Your Workouts
If you don’t have something specific on the horizon, but just don’t want to gain weight or lose fitness, varying your workouts is a great way to stay fit during the cold months. Nothing saps motivation like doing the same thing day after day, so choose three to five different types of workouts to keep your interest up. Following a split-day strength schedule (each day focuses on a different body part, like all shoulders, or all legs) can help you look forward to working out.
Try Something New
The “off season” is a great time to try a new-to-you workout! Do you find yourself always coming back to the same HIIT or the same weights? Try a yoga class or Zumba! When your goal is to simply maintain your fitness, you can be a little more relaxed about your schedule and have some fun with it. And you might even find a new favorite!