It’s hard to feel motivated to stay active during the winter. It’s so cold outside, people typically just want to snuggle up and hibernate all season. You might not be able to put together a game of pick-up soccer, but here are some other ways to stay active while it’s cold outside.
Join a Gym
Now, the biggest challenge with joining a gym is that you have to face the cold outdoor elements in order to get there. If you are willing to do that, a gym membership is a good option. Many gyms have lush amenities like pools, hot tubs, saunas, tanning beds and spas that could actually help ease your winter blues. A gym will also give you a warm space to work out in and lots of people around you to keep your motivation high. If you aren’t the type to run on a treadmill, look for a gym with an indoor track. Figure out your top priorities and your favorite ways to stay active, and find a gym to suit those needs.
The benefit of a workout video is you don’t have to leave your living room. The con is that you can slack off and nobody is there to hold you accountable. However, there are some great workout systems that are all dvd-based. I would really like to do my workout video, but I live on the third floor of an apartment building and I don’t think the people below me would appreciate it.
Buy Big Equipment
If you have the space, buy your favorite workout machine – although gym equipment can get expensive. If you decide to go this route, make yourself a commitment to actually use it. Don’t make an investment like this if you aren’t going to use the machine very often.
Buy Small Equipment
You don’t have to own a treadmill to get a good work out at home. Buy some free weights, a chin up bar, or a yoga ball and do some workouts on those a few times per week. This might limit the days you have to truck to the gym and you can do it in the comfort of your own home.
Look for Opportunities
Start looking for opportunities to be active in your everyday activities. Try taking the stairs at work, parking far away from the door in your parking garage, or doing sit-ups during commercials. We live in a world that caters to our convenience – but that also means that we can get lazy in our everyday routines without even knowing it.
Don’t wait for the snow to melt to start getting active. Use these indoor workout tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle even when it’s freezing outside.
Comment below with your favorite activities to do during the winter!