During the cold winter months, it’s so easy to hibernate and simply forget about your fitness routine. There are many ways to stay active to help get you through. Spring is not too far away, but don’t wait for warmer weather to get active. Try these smart ways to get moving and stay in shape this winter season!
Get cleaning. Now is the perfect time to do that long overdue deep cleaning of your home. Don’t try to do it all in one day, but spread it out over a few days if you can. Between the bending, folding, dusting, vacuuming, and running up and down the stairs, you will burn some calories. Also, folding and putting away laundry keeps you active enough to get a decent workout.
Use music to motivate. Listening to your favorite tunes and putting on some fast paced music to get you moving around the house can do wonders. Download your favorite tunes on your portable music device, bundle up, and go for a good walk in your neighborhood or local park. Don’t forget to bring some water to stay hydrated. Even though it may be colder, you still need to keep drinking water or a low sugar sports drink.
Friendly workout. Try to involve a friend or several friends and put together a weekly workout club either at one of your houses or a local gym. Just the camaraderie alone can help keep you motivated and help you get through the next few months.
Gym membership sales. Speaking of gyms, check with your local gym locations, especially the larger ones for trial membership offers and sign up. That way you can check it out and see if working out there is right for you. If so, negotiate a lower membership rate if possible. Since we are now in February, membership enrollment has dropped because a lot of the New Year’s resolution folks could have bailed out already.
Wear comfy shoes when going out. Try to do this so that you can move just a little bit faster, park a little farther away when shopping, or get those tasks done just a little bit faster. If you see a nice park, stop and check out some trails or areas to walk around despite it being a little chilly. A nice brisk walk for about 20-30 minutes can do wonders.
Get the family outdoors. Get out and participate in fun outdoor activities. Depending on your location, there could be an ice skating rink available whether it is indoors or outdoors. If you are lucky enough to live in a ski resort area or if there is one not too far away, get out and take the family on a ski or tubing adventure. Even a day of sledding in your town can be some great exercise and family fun.
Fun indoor kid (and adult!) activities. Plan a dance party and invite some friends over, especially if there is a snow day or two. Or perhaps create an indoor obstacle course on a smaller indoor scale with some fun exercises like jumping jacks and push-ups. Get the adults involved in the dance party by playing fun music from the 80’s and 90’s dance music ages. So much fun!
Use a pedometer. This is a super way to keep track of your steps all day long, whether it’s around the house, running errands, or a day at the office. You should take the stairs and skip elevators and escalators. Make sure if you are traveling to use the pedometer and when trekking thru airport or bus and train terminals, walk the distance instead! When you see your results at the end of the day, it can be a great motivator to lead you right into Spring.
Relax. Relax to stay active? Yes! Just take a little time for yourself during a busy day to rest and refresh. Relax and then get moving, that is the key.
So, come on, get up off the sofa and beat the winter blues by exercising and staying active in any way that you can! Simply chose your favorite activity, grab a friend or family member and stay active.