The cold will make any fitness buff want to stay warm and toasty under multiple blankets. If your first goal is to get from your house to the gym without freezing, the dread turns to standing at the edge of the Cliff of Giving Up. Dress warmly and muster your courage.
Don’t fall into your blankets yet. Save that for after your work out. With a few tricks, you will push through the cold to burn those calories, stretch those muscles and fire up your fitness mojo!
1. Don’t Cut Corners with Chores
Do it the hard way. Keep moving. Walk whenever possible, and always take the stairs. Think of ways to turn housework into a work out:
Dance while sweeping, because what broom doesn’t make a great dance partner? You get to lead!
Scrub those stains! Extra elbow grease, please. This is war!
When standing on your toes to reach an object, hold the pose for a few moments. Do three sets to stretch your calf muscles.
Use the cold to take advantage of indoor home remodeling and decluttering. Replace tiles and cabinets. Clean out closets.
2. Focus on Shorter Sessions
Break up your work out into shorter time spans to push through your fitness routine. A thirty-minute walk becomes three ten minute walks, and not all of them have to be outside. Shorter sessions will keep you motivated and more active throughout the day.
Try interval training and supersets to get the most out of your work out in less time. Exercise groups of muscles or two body parts, one after the other for one to three sets without stopping, for your supersets. With interval training, do short bursts of quick cardio with your regular routine.
Focus on five minute bursts, for example. Warm up for five minutes, and speed up for five minutes at a moderate pace for a minute or two, until returning to the slow pace for another five minutes. After twenty minutes, do a short cool down routine. This will work your body hard in less time.
3. Use and Pack Travel-Friendly Fitness Equipment
Bring your yoga mat and a resistance band. These travel conveniently, fold up and store into small spaces until you are ready for exercise. Stretch every morning and night on your yoga mat. The resistance band will give your muscles a good work out when your time is limited.
4. Fire Up Your Fitness Mojo with Music
Add music to your fitness routine to get your mojo going and your body moving. Listening to your favorite music while working out will inspire you to push harder, while keeping your interest fixated on your routine.
The type of music you listen to influences your mood and state of mind. Listening to music while exercising may increase your endurance by nearly 15 percent! Select music with punch and power, with quick, driving beats. Your body will naturally adjust to the beat. Match your playlist to the rhythm of your routine, and focus on how each song makes you feel.
5. Get More People Involved
Stay motivated by involving friends and family. When you have to keep commitments to others, you don’t want to let them down. That inspires you to not let yourself down, either. Your support system will keep you motivated, accountable and may spark your competitive spirit!
Choose fitness buddies who are determined to keep their fitness goals and support you, too. You can’t force someone to participate in something they don’t want to do. Organizing a fitness group with family and friends may feel like herding cats. Emphasize that this is a great way to spend time together and get fit!
Involving others with similar goals allows you to change up your routine with new ideas. If you were plateauing in an existing routine, this change will get you unstuck and on task.
Cold weather doesn’t mean you should give up on your fitness routine. Push through it with support, determination and a little inventiveness! Shorter bursts of exercise, while alternating indoor and outdoor activities, as you listen to the coolest playlist ever will help you sustain and achieve your fitness goals.
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.