New Year’s resolutions are well and good, but finding a fitness routine during the colder months of the year can be tricky, at best. When it’s chilly and the weather is poor, it’s easy to put off keeping up on your workout routine. If you need a little extra help with exercise during winter, try the tips on this list so your health doesn’t fall by the wayside.
Lack Focus? Try Yoga
When it’s freezing outside, it’s easy to only want to curl up where it is warm, drink cocoa or cider, and not move. The act of mindfulness can help you focus and motivate yourself to keep your body moving.
If you have trouble centering your mind, calming wayward thoughts, Asanas can help. It’s a form of yoga that emphasizes unity between body and mind through controlling your breathing. The most wonderful aspect of this particular type of yoga is that it not only improves your lung capacity, but helps to tone and strengthen your muscles to keep you on track of your fitness goals.
Mindfulness alone is an excellent goal, as its benefits are many, such as reducing anxiety, possibly reducing the effects of depression when balanced with other treatment, and improved cognition and self-image.
Try outdoor training
If you want to supercharge your winter workout, exercising outside can really give you a boost. If the weather permits, and if it isn’t too cold, taking your regimen outside can help you burn more calories over a sustained period of time. What that means is you may find yourself burning more calories even after your workout.
If it’s too cold, reaching -17 degrees Fahrenheit, take it back inside, as you may injure yourself. Otherwise, the benefits of working out in the cold are actually numerous, so long as you’re careful. If you can find ways to incorporate the weather into your routine, such as walking in snowshoes, skiing or ice-skating, you can make the workout even more enjoyable.
Hate the cold? Build a home gym
Building a home gym is not as expensive as you might think. You don’t have to devote a whole room to it, either, if you don’t have the space. As little as 6 x 6 feet will do the trick. You need a few key pieces of equipment, ones that can affect more than one area of the body, like dumbbells, a Bosu balance trainer, and adaptable resistance bands. Dumbbells can be used in many ways, and if you pair your routine with the Bosu balance trainer, you can get additional strength training and toning. Adaptable resistance bands can, as the name implies, be adapted for more than one use. No matter your flooring, you may want to get a yoga mat. It can be used for more than just yoga. It can keep your carpet from getting sweaty, or give you some extra padding if you have a hard floor.
You may have to spend a little bit of money upfront on a home gym, but it will be worth it in the long run because it will be less expensive than a gym membership, you can work out in the privacy of your own home, and you can more easily adapt your routine to a timetable that suits you. Plus, it’s warm in your home, and you don’t need to worry about other people not cleaning the equipment you want to use.
Winter is cold, and the weather can be terrible. However, you don’t need to let these things get in the way of you staying fit and focused when Jack Frost is nipping at your nose. If you find the regimen that works best for you and keep yourself mindful and centred, you’ll be on your way to improving your health and quality of life.
Article by Sheila Olson