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How to Stay Fit and Motivated through Winter

Staying in shape is already a challenge, but in the bitter cold of winter, summoning up the motivation to workout can get even harder. Avoid that winter rut and stay active with these 6 winter workout ideas.

Girl jumping up outside in the snow. Stay motivated with your workouts during winter

Stick with what you love

Choose something you already like whether it be skiing, snowshoeing, running, or snowboarding, and focus on that during the cold months. Just 30 minutes of time outside may help you avoid that cooped up feeling that usually comes with wintertime.

Related: Snowshoeing: The Unsung Hero of Winter

Prepare

Plan ahead by packing your gym clothes the night before, or writing down your workout plans. Switch things up by creating a new workout mix—a fun, new playlist helps keep you motivated throughout your workout.

Safety First

Wear reflective clothing and bright colors, especially if exercising in the early mornings or evenings. Stick to areas that are familiar and well lit, and consider using a headlamp if you're running in lower light. If you use headphones, keep the volume low enough so you can still be aware of what’s happening around you.

Get Creative

Don’t use the cold weather as an excuse to skip your workout. There are other ways to be active from the cozy warmth of your home. Try using a workout DVD, a fitness app on your phone, or a workout that requires no equipment. These workouts help you avoid the cold, and, as an added bonus, you don’t have to share the TV.

Be Flexible

Don’t be stubborn about the time or place of your workout. If you normally work out in the morning or evening, you may need to switch to lunchtime, so you can take advantage of the warmer parts of the day.

Keep Company

It may be cold outside, but your furry friend still needs exercise too. The high energy and excitement of your dog may carry over to you, which will keep you moving and motivated.      

Related: Pets May Help You Lead a Healthier Life

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