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The Ultimate Winter Workout Plan
We have all had those days where we just don’t feel like working out. Maybe we planned to do a quick morning yoga session or hit the gym after work, but then we talked ourselves out of it. It happens to everyone from time to time, but once winter hits and the days become shorter, it grows easier and easier to talk yourself out of moving your body. With the fireplace roaring and a snuggly blanket waiting on the sofa for you to just chill out and watch TV, it can be hard to find the motivation to work out!
Finding the necessary motivation to be active might be easier than you think. You don’t have to go all-in on a full gym workout every day to remain active throughout the winter months. Even just getting out of the house for a brisk walk or taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator can be a great way to keep your body moving and keep your mind in that active mode.
The ultimate winter workout plan is all about finding different ways you can stay active. Some people thrive on routine and will gladly do the same workout every morning or night. That’s awesome! For those who need a little more variety to get up and put on those sneakers, however, it is important to change things up every now and then. Whether that means doing something different every day or changing it up every few weeks, keeping things fresh can help you feel motivated to keep going.
Move your whole body outdoors
The ultimate workout plan for winter involves two aspects: outdoor full-body workouts and indoor body-part-specific workouts. Starting your week outdoors is a great way to get the blood pumping and setting the scene for the rest of the week. Getting a fresh air workout is always a great way to stay healthy and active. You get to spend some time outdoors, get those muscles moving, and get your heart rate up. The change of scenery is important, too!
An outdoor workout in colder climates means a little extra work, but it’s not impossible. You need to have the right gear—footwear included—in case the weather turns. You also need to be flexible in case you have to change your jog around the town to something more winter-friendly. If you live up north and icy conditions are forcing you to stay indoors, head to the gym for a good cardio session or full-body workout group class.
Choose your workout indoors
On days where you aren’t working on cardio or full-body workouts, stay inside for targeted workouts such as arms, legs, and core. Whether you are doing these in the gym or at home, it’s helpful to stick to some sort of routine so you know what to expect each week. Alternating arms, legs, core and full body will also help with resting sore muscles between workouts.
Arm day can be done at home easily with a simple set of weights. Leg day can be filled with indoor lunges and squats, and working your core can be achieved with exercises like planks, sit-ups or mountain climbers. While counting your reps, put on some enjoyable music or a podcast to make the workout fly by.
Getting stuck in a rut is easy if you aren’t using some sort of routine. Staying mentally well and positive throughout winter can be tough, especially with less daylight and sun. On top of this, there is the holiday season in the middle of winter that usually means extra treats and temptations.
Having a workout buddy or friend with similar goals can be helpful in keeping yourself on track. Consider planning a video chat workout session once or twice a week with someone to not only keep yourself accountable but also to stay in touch and have that additional support. It can be great for your mind, body and spirit.
With plenty of ways to keep your body moving even in the dark days of winter, there is no excuse to not stay as active as possible. Try your best not to get stuck in a rut by switching your workout up from time to time and getting outdoors if and when you can. Before you know it, springtime will be here and you'll be ready to do all of the exciting warmer outdoor activities you've been looking forward to all winter!