How to stick to your summer fitness routine as winter approaches
24 July 2017
It’s true that the sunshine tends to make us want to get outdoors and be active but what about when the colder days and darker nights creep in? How do we stick to a fitness routine that we’ve spent the past few months perfecting? By changing it up a little to suit the weather, you can still manage to stay active, here’s how.
Fire up your gym membership
If your gym membership card has been gathering dust, then winter is the perfect time to brush it off. If you’ve gotten used to exercising outdoors, the gym might be an unwelcome change, but there are plenty of things that you can do indoors to stay just as fit as you were in summer. Pick up your cardio exercises on the treadmill and improve your strength with weights. Most gym memberships will also give you access to indoor classes such as Yoga and Pilates, so maybe it’s the perfect time to try something new.
Try a winter activity
Often, with cold weather comes snow and with snow comes a whole host of new activities that you can try to keep fit. Why not book an active midwinter escape where you can try your hand at a winter activity? Some of the most common of these include sledding, ice skating, cross country skiing or even snowboarding but if you want something closer to home, basic winter chores such as shoveling snow and raking leaves can burn more calories than you’d expect!
Sign up for an indoor boot camp
For those that dread the gym, an indoor boot camp might be a better option to establish a winter fitness routine. A fitness boot camp will incorporate exercises to improve your cardiovascular ability as well as those that will help you gain muscle. If you’re the type of person who hates working out alone, a boot camp will be the ideal solution as you can work alongside a team of people who all have the same goal.
Burn calories at home
When it’s cold outside, a lot of us can think of nothing worse than going out in the cold weather. So, why not stay home to exercise? Try some exercise videos online and get yourself back into a daily routine without having to wrap yourself up to venture outside. Running up and down the stairs in your home can be a great high-intensity cardio workout, as can active housework like sweeping, vacuuming or washing windows. Plus, this way you’ll be hitting two birds with one stone – burning calories while making your house look good.
With our tips, there’s no longer any excuse for being a couch potato during the winter. Whether you’re the type of person who enjoys working out alone, or if you get your motivation from exercising with friends, there are plenty of workout options to choose from to keep the calories off this winter.