With the cold months ahead, it can be difficult to find the motivation to exercise. But the benefits will make you so glad you did! Adapting your exercise routine to the chilly weather can combat seasonal depression, boost your energy, and minimize potential holiday weight gain.
Here are a couple of ideas to increase your fall and winter exercise:
- Discover a new hobby. Try cross-country skiing, indoor rock climbing, ice skating, yoga, or snowshoeing. Shaking things up is key to getting out of an exercise rut.
- Try out an exercise class. Body pump, insanity, and cycling are some personal favorites. Getting out the door can be the toughest part of exercising—a scheduled class can help you get there.
- Embrace the weather—stay warm AND dry. The fastest way to cut exercise short is to get cold, and the fastest way to get cold is to get wet. If you do decide to brave the weather, layering correctly can prevent you from getting wet. Be sure to wear synthetic fabrics designed to wick away sweat, followed by a warm fleece if needed. Finish with a waterproof outer shell to protect you from wind, rain, or snow.
- Get creative. If you don’t want to step outside, no problem! Think of ways to get moving indoors. Participate in an exercise video at home, climb some stairs, or catch up with a friend while walking around the mall.