When the days get colder and the evenings become darker you know that winter is on its way. While several people enjoy getting cosy under some blankets in front of the fire, the fitness fanatics among us do not relish this time of year at all.
However, it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, as there are numerous ways to stay in shape during the colder months. It might be a bit more difficult to get motivated, but the feeling you get after finishing an intense workout is always worth it, especially in winter.
Dress the part
In order to stay safe and warm from the winter weather, you’ll probably need a different outfit to your regular summer exercise attire. Remember to wear plenty of layers and bright colours if venturing out in the dark.
Depending on your preferred workout, you may also need to buy some additional items of clothing to protect yourself from the adverse weather conditions. Waterproof jackets tend to be lightweight and breathable while most walking boots for men and women are built to last, which will be a blessing if you enjoy lengthy strolls.
Take up a winter sport
Don’t think of winter as a season where you can’t participate in your favourite activity or pastime. Instead, take the opportunity to start a new sport and embrace the trappings of winter.
From cross country skiing and figure skating to snowshoeing and ice hockey, the possibilities are somewhat endless. A lot will depend on your location and circumstances, but you might end up discovering a hidden talent.
Exercise at home
If you fancy a quick workout but the view outside doesn’t look too appealing, there is no reason why you can’t stay indoors and exercise at home.
Rather than buying a workout DVD, fitness equipment or some weights, research exercises that use your own body weight to improve core strength. There are also plenty of smartphone and tablet apps available, which teach high intensity interval training routines.
Find similar alternatives indoors
Even if you’re a fan of the great outdoors, there is a chance you’ll be able to replicate your favourite activity or sport inside. Joggers can run difficult routes on a treadmill, cyclists could go to spin classes at the gym while football players may enjoy a game of indoor 5-a-side. They may not be as exhilarating as the real thing, but at least you’ll be staying in shape and keeping up with training.
There is no reason why you can’t exercise and keep fit during the wintertime, even if you’re not a fan of the cold weather. Look at what alternatives are available, be creative with your workouts but perhaps most importantly, make sure you stay safe, warm and hydrated when outside.
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