The cold weather is creeping in, and fitness may seem harder than ever. The good news is that there are just as many ways to work toward your fitness in the winter as in the warmer months. Here are a few ways to get you started!
Get physical at a fitness facility. Find a local gym or community fitness center and enjoy some highly beneficial cardio activities inside!
- Cycling. There are many reasons to try indoor cycling throughout the cold winter. The low impact of cycling is perfect for people who want a cardiovascular workout without putting excess strain on their joints. Increase the resistance to intensify the workout.
- Rowing. Lower body, upper body—a rowing machine helps you work it all. For a moderate 30-minute workout, you could burn upward of 300 calories, burn fat, and support healthy lean muscle mass.
- Swimming. The water outside may not be ideal for swimming, but that doesn’t mean you can’t freestyle your way through the cold months. Many fitness facilities and community centers provide access to a lap pool for your benefit. Swimming laps gives you a full body resistance workout with virtually no impact on your joints.
Put together a home gym. Looking for fitness on a budget? You don’t need thousands of dollars in fitness gear. Put together a workout station at home for very little cost.
- Small weights. Dumbbells come in all weights and sizes. Find the right weight for you and always keep them on hand! To help you compare at home when shopping, try lifting a gallon of water. A gallon of water is roughly 8 pounds which can give you an idea of how heavy you’d like to go. You could even simply use the gallon of water instead of weights for your workout!
- Resistance bands. There’s a wide variety of workouts you can perform nearly anywhere with resistance bands.
- Yoga mat. Whether you are working on your downward dog or just like to stretch in the evening, a yoga mat provides comfort and ease.
Find winter activities you enjoy. There’s no need to hibernate this winter. Get out and enjoy it! There are plenty of enjoyable activities that provide a good workout.
- Ice skating. Grab your partner or a friend and head out for an afternoon of ice skating. Always be sure to check that the ice is safe before heading out.
- Snowshoeing. You’d be surprised by how invigorating snowshoeing feels. Bundle up and go exploring with a small pack of healthy snacks. Don’t own snowshoes? Call a local sporting good store to see if you can rent or buy a used pair.
- Skiing or sledding. Who says that fitness has to be boring? Once you get a nice layer of snow on the ground, head out to the slopes with your skis or grab a sled and go down to a local hill for some winter fun.
Seasons changing may force you to make some adjustments, but you can still stay active and work toward your fitness goals through the winter. Give these few tips a try, and find even more enjoyable ways to get active. We also recommend 7-Keto® to help you stay the course with your fitness plan. Learn about the amazing benefits of 7-Keto® on our website or by calling 1-800-783-4636.