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9 Smart Ways to Stay Active in the Winter

9 Smart Ways to Stay Active in the Winter





Here are 9 Smart, easy Ways to Stay Active in the Winter!

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. Keeping the family fit and having fun is always important, even in winter when the weather is less favorable. However, if you are unsure exactly how to go about doing this, you can click here to have a look at a few possible activities you can enjoy with the family. 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.



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50 Comments

  1. Cindy
    01/11/2019 / 2:27 pm

    These are really great suggestions. I am so guilty of not staying active in the winter. I really have no excuse since my gym membership is free married to a personal trainer

  2. Clare Minall
    01/11/2019 / 1:50 am

    I always make sure that I am prepared when Winter season is coming. It maybe a bad weather for me butvther isno reason not to stay active.

  3. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    01/10/2019 / 11:57 pm

    It is so hard to stay active in the winter I guess. and these are some great ideas to stay active and really helpful.

  4. Carly Delengowski
    01/10/2019 / 3:22 pm

    Staying active in the Winter can be so difficult! These are great ideas!

  5. 01/09/2019 / 5:30 pm

    It is definitely harder to get outdoors during the winter, but these are some great ideas! I will definitely try some of these this Winter. Thanks for sharing.

  6. 01/09/2019 / 11:57 am

    I am trying ot get back in shape while at home this winter. It is not that difficult however you need to stay motivated in different ways.

  7. reesa
    01/08/2019 / 9:31 pm

    The temperatures have really dropped here and it’s too cold to go outside now. I don’t like to have a gym membership, so I do workout videos on the TV or computer,.

  8. 01/08/2019 / 1:44 pm

    Cleaning And music are my favorite ways to get anything done around here. I put on the tunes and I dance while I clean equals calorie burn!

  9. 01/08/2019 / 6:18 am

    Being active is especially important in the winter. Thanks for the motivation and we went to the gym this evening!

  10. 01/08/2019 / 3:54 am

    While we don’t have winter time in our country, your tips are useful when the gym gets crowded.

  11. 01/08/2019 / 3:54 am

    I am currently debating on canceling my gym membership and trying to figure out what my workout routine is going to be. It has to be something!

  12. krystal
    01/08/2019 / 3:37 am

    I have a bike inside that I can ride and try to keep it easy until it warms up! I like walking outside more.

  13. 01/08/2019 / 2:44 am

    These all sound like good ideas, especially when winter in Maine is cold and snow-filled. I do especially need to add workouts and more exercise to my daily routine.

  14. Amy
    01/08/2019 / 1:24 am

    We have had a gym membership for 4 years. We go a few times a week, but I think chores around the house can sometimes make me feel the burn more!

  15. robin rue
    01/07/2019 / 11:09 pm

    Yes. Every gym is running a special right now. It’s the perfect time to join!

  16. 01/07/2019 / 7:53 pm

    Now does seem like a good time to start those healthy habits and these are great ideas. There is a few good gyms nearby too!

  17. 01/07/2019 / 6:49 pm

    Great ideas! I’ve been looking for ways to re-motivate myself after the holidays and a cold. This was just what I needed.

  18. 01/07/2019 / 6:37 pm

    I love listening to music, daily! When the weather is above freezing, we try to get outside for some fresh air. These are all great tips!

  19. 01/07/2019 / 4:38 pm

    Joining a gym when they have a sale is always a great idea. It’s great motivation because you’re wasting your money if you don’t go.

  20. 01/06/2019 / 9:15 pm

    I work from home from my basement but always use the bathroom on the second floor and also head to the kitchen every time I need a drink. gets you moving.

  21. Kay
    01/06/2019 / 8:44 pm

    I actually have a gym membership that I never use. I think I will just work out at home and put on some good fast music as you mentioned. I also need to do a deep clean so I’ll try to get some exercise from that as well.

  22. rika
    01/06/2019 / 7:23 pm

    I love staying active in the winter to keep my body warm and it’s good for mental health. Honestly, I can’t wait for spring and summer.

  23. Megan
    01/06/2019 / 6:54 pm

    Thanks for this – I’ve been struggling to keep up with my little fitness routine. This is just what I needed!

  24. 01/06/2019 / 3:53 pm

    I have hit a energy surge and have been cleaning everything in my house! Everything is finding a home and things that don’t have a use are saying bye-bye!

  25. 01/06/2019 / 2:57 pm

    Yes, it can be tough to get motivated when the wind is howling or the snow is blowing, but I think it’s better if we don’t give up all our thoughts of staying active – indoors or out.

  26. 01/06/2019 / 7:56 am

    winter is my enemy since it’s been around -10 degrees c here. it makes me not go out and does throw me off my gym routine. i end up doing workouts in my room if i dont go out.

  27. Christa
    01/06/2019 / 5:43 am

    It can be so hard to stay motivated during the cold months. There are great suggestions here. I love keeping track of my daily steps. It really helps!

  28. 01/06/2019 / 4:59 am

    These are interesting tips. I feel so lazy even waking up in the winters. Found it useful

  29. 01/05/2019 / 9:18 pm

    Whenever I feel like I need to lose a few pounds, I use dancing as my exercise. I crank the music up while I’m cooking or cleaning, and dance pretty wildly. I get winded, and it really helps burn calories.

  30. 01/05/2019 / 7:46 pm

    I once heard a saying ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, just being poorly dressed!’. So important to get outside!

  31. 01/05/2019 / 7:35 pm

    Great suggestions! Cleaning is definitely my kind of cardio during the winter! Thank for sharing!

  32. 01/05/2019 / 6:05 pm

    These are great suggestions! The sidewalks can be pretty treacherous in our area during the winter, so I’m hesitant to go for walks then. I’m always amazed how many steps I get in the days before we have company, cleaning in my house means lots of walking around to put things away.

  33. 01/05/2019 / 4:13 pm

    Cleaning the house is my type of cardio – besides shopping! ha! Its a good time to give the place a deep clean and get that workout in!

  34. Tim B
    01/05/2019 / 3:06 pm

    My asthma acts up if the air gets too cold so during the winter months have to work out indoors. Don’t particularly care for treadmills so when it is cold outside like to ride a stationary bike. I hear they have some new ones that video screens in front of you that make it seem like you are riding through different locals or participating in a spin class but haven’t tried one of those bikes out yet.

  35. 01/05/2019 / 1:29 pm

    I usually gain weight during winter because I hardly break a sweat this time of the year, haha! I recommend working out at a gym. It’s one of the best ways to stay active and sweat it out during winter. 🙂

  36. 01/05/2019 / 9:05 am

    Great tips! I love working out with friends in the winter – perfect way to get two nice things accomplished at once!

  37. 01/05/2019 / 4:05 am

    Oh, yes! Those New Year sales at gyms are going to be great, lol! Thanks for the tips!

  38. Kathy
    01/05/2019 / 2:57 am

    I think these are all wonderful ideas. I always love playing music. It gets you more in the mood to workout. I always play music.

  39. 01/05/2019 / 1:46 am

    Music can be good for setting the mood for moving around and being active! Pedometers are a great idea for seeing how many steps are taken in a day especially while traveling.

  40. 01/05/2019 / 1:24 am

    These are some great ways to stay active in the winter season. I really do need to get more activity into my daily life but I swear, I’d rather hibernate during the winter season.

  41. 01/05/2019 / 12:56 am

    My husband would love the deep cleaning of your home for a workout–for me of course, LOL. I love the rest of the suggestions. It sounds silly but so true Being on the go for me also makes it easy for me to grab a quick unhealthy food.

  42. 01/05/2019 / 12:47 am

    Our favorite way to stay active is at the trampoline park with our toddler. My husband and I take turns jumping with him while the other watches the baby. It’s a fun workout and it is a family activity.

  43. 01/05/2019 / 12:03 am

    It can be so hard to stay active in winter, I know all I want to do is curl up under blankets and stay in doors with the heating on. These are some great tips to try and keep people moving more!

  44. 01/04/2019 / 11:02 pm

    Cleaning is such a good way to burn some calories – not that it motivates me to do it as often as I should! I like the sound of using a pedometer to measure and monitor steps – will have to order myself one!

  45. 01/04/2019 / 7:58 pm

    Great tips! using a pedometer is a great idea. I use my Fitbit and its a good way to monitor how many steps I’m doing and up my exercise accordingly.

  46. 01/04/2019 / 7:21 pm

    I think cleaning is a great way to get the heart moving. I usually don’t go outside during the winter it’s to cold but I might see if I can bundle up and tackle a walk

  47. 01/04/2019 / 6:50 pm

    I try to do these things. I have a Fitbit to keep track of steps–I aim for 10,000 each day. I also try to jog when I can!

  48. Pam Wattenbarger
    01/04/2019 / 3:49 pm

    We haven’t been able to get outside much since it has been so rainy this winter, but we like to take walks in the local park or jump on the trampoline.

  49. Candy
    01/04/2019 / 3:40 pm

    We live on a farm. Feeding animals and hauling water keeps us fit. Plus we heat with wood we cut. Natural gym workout.

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