Getting yourself to work out can be challenging when the days are short, and the temperature is freezing. That’s why a lot of fitness enthusiasts stop exercising during the winter months—especially outdoor warriors such as runners and cyclists.
However, keeping your workout habit during the cold season can still be enormously beneficial to improving your fitness and overall well being throughout the cold season. Not only that, the longer you avoid exercising, the harder it will be to get back into it.
There are many measures you can take to get yourself to exercise during the winter season. Here are a few tips to help you blow away from the cobwebs and get fitter in the cold season.
1. Schedule your Sessions
To stay on track with exercise during the winter, you should come up with a training plan in which you mark the days you’re going to exercise. Failing to plan is planning to fail, as the saying goes.
Winter is often that time of the year when you have to work overtime to meet deadlines, weddings to attend to, or spend time with your family.
If you’re time on time due to these factors—I daresay hindrances—I’d urge to commit aside a chunk of time for your training program—and it should be non-negotiable.
Add your sessions to your laptop calendar and cellphone, so they show up as important appointment times. What’s get prioritized, gets done.
When you set a schedule—and let everyone know about it—you take out the “maybe” factor and make training a definite. After all, taking care of your body in general, is an appointment with yourself that you can’t afford to miss.
2. Set public goals
Going public about your winter training goals will help put you on track. Sharing your training goals with other people helps hold you accountable. It can also be a powerful support system to put you back on track if you fall off the training wagon
Ask your family members and friends to hold you accountable for your actions.
Broadcast your winter fitness resolution on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media tools you are using.
3. Have a plan B
A winter training plan may run into many troubles. To avoid skipping or missing a workout, make sure you always have a plan B. Make your training program flexible.
If you usually exercise in the morning, but the predawn thermometer is below zero—be willing to work out in the evening or later in the day instead. If weather conditions do not allow for run, then go indoors and hop on the treadmill instead. Do what works (and feels) the best for you.
4. Do something new
Going out for a run when it’s cold and freezing might be tricky. If that’s your only exercise option then you might be severely limiting your choices.
In fact, you can take advantage of the cold weather by participating in winter sports. Sports like snowboarding, cross-country skiing are fantastic ways to burn off excess calories while keeping fit during the cold season.