If your workout routine is starting to fall as the temperature drops outside, you’re not alone. It’s easy to do. The sun sets a lot earlier, which means going out for a run isn’t exactly easy, and, well, it’s cold! Even if you don’t live in a colder climate it’s hard to stay on your routine because of the holidays and other activities. But you can still keep up your daily/weekly run or other exercises even as the mercury falls.
This can be easier said than done, but finding ways to motivate yourself to workout can help, especially in the colder months. If you love to run in 5Ks, or have wanted to run in a marathon, you can use the winter months to train! Motivate yourself during the winter months so during summer months, when most of those types of runs are held, you’ll be ready!
Sometimes half the battle is simply putting on your running shoes and just going. Set out your workout clothes the night before. If working out is one of the first things you do in the morning, it can help to stay in that routine, even when the snow starts to fall. If you don’t have time in the morning, bring your workout clothes with you and head to the gym before even going home.
Warm Up Inside
The colder it is outside the more time it takes to warm up. So if you’re planning to go for a run outside, it can be helpful to do a few minutes of warmup inside. WebMD suggests doing jumping jacks or running in place for five to 10 minutes before going outside. It can help especially on bitterly cold days, and can make going for that run much easier!
Shake up the Routine!
If there’s snow on the ground where you’re at, chances are you won’t be able to go out for a run very easily. Instead, go for a hike in the snow, cross-country skiing, or even mountain biking can still give you a good workout while working around the weather. Any type of activity that keeps you moving will help you stay in the routine of getting exercise every week.
We know it can be easy to hibernate during the cold winter months. But if you can motivate yourself to get out and move, chances are you’ll feel better about yourself through the holidays and even at the beginning of the year. Stay ahead of the game when it comes to New Year’s resolutions and keep up those workouts through the winter!