Winter is coming and training in cold temperatures can be a big challenge. This is the time of year most people opt for more sedentary lifestyles because of the weather.
That’s why we came up with this top 5 to help you avoid a winter workout rut so you can continue to make solid progress. When the snow and ice thaw at winter’s end, you’ll be looking and feeling great.
1. Embrace the Cold Weather
One of the best ways to stay in shape during the cold months is to get out there and face it like a champion. Whether you enjoy downhill skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating or just bundling up and going for a run, getting outside will be invigorating and will provide a great change of pace from cooping yourself up inside all the time.
2. Hook Yourself Up With New Gear
You’ll want some new clothes to help you get outside, or into the gym, more often. This will help you look better while working out, but more importantly, it will provide you with the proper apparel to face the cold, and the monetary investment should motivate you to make your purchases worthwhile. Try to find a happy medium with your budget. Let us help you with this! Check these out:
3. Indoor Sports
Join a team or individual sports program. Competition levels can range from recreational to expert. The most cost-effective programs are usually run by local communities where gym space at a local school or community centre is secured and people drop in for a game of basketball, floor hockey or other team sports. You can also sign up for any number of aerobics classes, dance classes or other group fitness sessions.
4. Drink Up
It's just as important to stay hydrated when active in winter as it is in summer, even though you might not feel as thirsty. Drink water before, during and after an outdoor workout. Smart tip: carry a thermos with herbal tea.
5. Try Something Completely New
Doing something new will force you to be fully engaged with the activity, helping you stay away from boredom that could lead you down the path of stagnation or backtracking. Whatever you haven’t tried yet but have always had some interest, whether it’s kettle bell training, yoga, CrossFit or something else, just get some good instruction and take this tough time of year and make it into a learning experience.