Hey guys! Did you get snow yesterday? We did! Most winters here in Michigan are pretty nasty: snow, sleet, ice, freezing rain. The whole works. So the days of biking on tree covered roads, runs in the sun, swimming, kayaking and hiking in the green woods are over. But winter doesn’t have to be the place your fitness dreams go to die. There are a lot strategies you can use to keep working out when the skies turn gray and cloudy.
1. Buy a Gym Membership
Yes, it’s not the most economical choice, but there’s no way away around the fact that a gym membership is pretty ideal for winter. You’ve got the classes, the exercise equipment, an indoor pool perhaps….basically all the perks. It’s a great situation. The only potential downside is the cost and that you have to actually GO there (which may involve scraping a car and driving on snowy roads).
2. Use Workout DVDs
Workout DVDs are great because no matter how yucky it gets outside you can always pop in a DVD! No driving or scraping of the car needed. (And you have NO IDEA how much I hate scraping my car.) DVDs can get you a full body workout and there are so many great options you never have to get bored! I recommend anything by Jillian Michaels (I really wanted to try Ripped in 30 post baby) and Chalene Johnson (Turbojam is SO FUN!). But if you’re into dance or yoga or Zumba there is a DVD for you!
3. Create a Home Gym
Set up a designated area (if you can) in your house for workouts. I had a whole little setup in the basement of our old house, but even having a basket or shelf dedicated to your gear will get you started. Some great things to include: dumbbells, exercise band, medicine ball, jump rope, and stability ball. See my working out for cheap post for more info on my home gym. You can also join an online boot camp or workout program! Some of these have a small cost involved and others are free. Most are designed to be used with an at-home gym so there’s not fancy equipment involved. Many have facebook support pages and recipe ideas too! I love: Best Body Bootcamp by Tina Reale, The Fitnessista’s Winter Shape Up (coming in January), and Bobbi McCormick’s Shreds.
4. Indoor Workout Fun
There are some nontraditional ways to workout indoors that are definitely warm. Do you have a local roller skating rink? Grab your friends and roll a Saturday away instead of sitting on the couch watching football! Trampoline park? Bounce and jump until your sweating! Find an indoor basketball league at a church or community center. Window shop as you power walk the mall—there are lots of great ways to take your workout inside without joining the gym, you just need to get a little creative.
5. Suck it Up Buttercup!
Last year I found out running in cold weather really wasn’t so bad. (The pic above was taken on a day running in the teens.) The hard core attitude of my running group helped, but I was amazed at how tough I actually was! Get some cold weather gear—fleece lined tights, layers, wool socks, yaktrax—and you’ll be surprised how you can keep up with most of your activities. For suggested clothing by regions check out this Runner’s World article. Also, explore some fun winter weather exercises like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, downhill skiing and ice climbing. You may find you actually start to enjoy the blustery months!
[tweetthis]Don’t stick your workout cause the weather sucks….use these tips to stay active all winter long! #sweatpink[/tweetthis]
What’s your favorite way to exercise when the weather sucks?
P.S. The BAMR band winner IS Heather Blackmon!! Congrats Heather! 😀