The days may be getting longer; Phil didn’t see his shadow and I saw a flock of Robins — Spring’s around the corner, right? Maybe. And maybe not.
One thing’s for sure — you can stick to exercising in the Winter — sometimes you just have to get creative with it.
Get the right gear
When I started to run roughly 10 years ago, it was almost totally on the treadmill — not unusual for a new runner. Fast forward 10 years, and I have accumulated a lot of cold weather running gear that keeps me outdoors all Winter — at least some of the time!
The biggest trick with dressing for Winter running is layers. And zippers — zippers allow you to cool off when you get hot — believe it or not, you will! — and zip back up once you’ve cooled down.
Try some new forms of exercise
If Winter is your off season from your exercise of choice, mix it up — try that aerial yoga class you’ve been curious about. Get a posse of friends to try out boxeing. Maybe hot yoga sounds great right about now. Download a new exercise app if you’d rather work out at home.
This one is a do as I say, not as I do: try some form of outside exercise — skiing, snowshoeing, skating, snowboarding. I like skating, I’ve tried skiing — but freezing my buns off is just not my idea of fun, thankyouverymuch.
Challenge yourself — and others
Challenges seem to be almost every where you look. Nothing wrong with a little healthy competition, right? Get your family and/or your coworkers on board.
Bet on yourself with Runbet (more information here). Basically you bet on yourself for a certain amount of mileage, and if you hit your goal, you get your money back. And if someone in the bet doesn’t hit their goal, you get a share of their money, too. Read Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner’s review of Runbet here.
Sign up for a charity event
Maybe getting out there for a cause is way more motivating to you than any other fitness goal you can think of.
My best tip: dress for it
I don’t have to go to work, so that makes this one easier for me — you may have to wait until the work day is over or you may have to get creative with your work wardrobe, if possible.
I spend Winter in leggings, a tshirt, and a sweater or sweatshirt over that tshirt. That makes it easier for me to workout throughout the day without having to keep getting changed.
Talk to me:
Is Winter your off season?
Do you enjoy Winter sports?
What tips would you add?