Having the winter blues? Join the club. If you’re anything like me, then you see red whenever you see snow. For those of us who were hoping that maybe winter would meet an early demise this year, this week marks a very disheartening part of the calendar. Yes, we are still in the month of February, and we shouldn’t expect the cold to have disappeared yet – but somehow we wish it would anyway.
For many of us, we dream of the days when the weather will warm up and we’ll be able to get back to our regular exercise routines. But, I’m here to tell you that cold weather is no excuse to give up on your dedication to fitness. Sure the cold doesn’t make it easy to get exercise outdoors. But it doesn’t make it impossible, either! Believe it or not, you do have options.
On SparkPeople.com, certified personal trainer, Jennipher Walters explains that there are many ways to stay active throughout the long winter season. It begins with a positive attitude, she says. In other words, for those of us that take one look outside and allow for the wintery atmosphere to get us down, it’s time we snap out of it! The following are some ways to make the most out of your winter workouts.
Change your mind. To reiterate, it seems as if some of us are in need of an attitude adjustment. Walters reminds us that winter is a time of year when we should take the time to sit down and revisit our goals. We often keep ourselves so busy that we neglect some of the important things in our lives – our health being one of them. Take time to reflect and plan out the goals you wish to accomplish over the next several months.
Go out and play! Who says that having fun in the snow is only for the kids? Perhaps, the best way to get your winter workout in is to simply play outside. This calorie-burning activity won’t even seem like a workout thanks to all of the fun you’ll be having. Take the kids out and have a snowball fight (just be careful!). Walters notes that you can burn more than 300 calories by doing so. Not enough snow? Perhaps, it’s time to go ice skating!
Get creative at home. Naturally, the indoors are more appealing during the cold winter months. So why not turn your winter home into a workout home? Pop in a workout DVD and turn your living room into a makeshift gym. Walters also suggests that you invest in some fitness equipment. It will help for the comfort of your own home to be both a convenient and fun location to shed some extra pounds during the winter.
Try something new. For those that prefer the indoors during winter – remember, you are not alone! – the season marks the perfect time for you to sign up for a new class or indoor sports league. There are plenty out there to choose from including “indoor volleyball, a dodgeball league, a bootcamp class or even tennis lessons at a local indoor racquet club” suggests Walters.
Eat right. Of course, cold weather is no excuse for you to forget about the importance of nutrition. You’re always doing yourself a favour when you remember to limit your sweets and eat plenty of healthy foods. Walters reminds us that in-season produce such as oranges, kale and chestnuts make great healthy snacks. Try to embrace winter while you can as it won’t last forever. Thankfully!