The weather is getting colder. Thanksgiving is upon us. Then there will be Christmas and snow. While we all want to continue our fitness regimen, the winter can be tough even the most dedicated fitness fanatics. School delays and cancellations, icy roads, freezing temperatures, and longer days; they all put a damper on our fitness plans.
While I prefer to workout in the morning, once winter comes around, I find myself pressing snooze more often so I can stay in my warm bed. And then if I push it to late morning, I really don’t want to haul my kids out in the cold.
Make this year different, don’t let the snow, cold temperatures and short days get in the way of your health and fitness goals. Winter-proof your fitness plan with these tips and ideas: once you implement these it will be hard to skip out on your workout.
Winter proof your health and fitness plan by trying out the following tips:
1. Home equipment: No one says you need a full gym to complete good, sweaty workout. Although you can get in a good, sweaty workout with no equipment at all, just a few basic pieces of equipment could make take your workouts to the next level. I recommend a couple sets of dumbbells, resistance bands and a plyobox or step.
2. Youtube, Pinterest, Bloggers: The web provides a wide range of workouts you can do in your living room, on your stairs, or with your kids. I have several workouts right here on my site that can can be done at home. Find a few favorites and save them so you have them as a backup plan for those “snowy, it is too cold, getting to the gym is impossible” days.
3. Hire a Personal Trainer: My clients will tell you that one of the best things about having a trainer is the accountability. You pay up front for sessions that you don’t want to miss. Simple as that.
4. Accountability Partner: I can’t say it enough, “surround yourself with like-minded people.” (I even blogged about it here.) All your friends don’t have to have the same fitness goals as you do, but it is important to have a few friends who will hold you accountable for your health and fitness goals. I meet one friend in the mornings for a workout and have another friend who often texts for accountability.
5. Online Bootcamps: Join an Online Bootcamp! All of my online bootcamp workouts are written to be done at home or with minimal equipment. You have a personal trainer at your fingertips, workouts written for you, and you are held accountable by others and me.
Whatever your goals are, make sure you winter-proof your fitness plan so that the cold weather and inches of snow does not become your excuse to not increase that heart rate and get moving. Put these things in place, you’ll thank me come spring when it is time to finally get outside.