Too cold. Too dark. Too tired. These are all excuses for skipping a regular run or workout routine during the winter. That one missed day can easily turn into a week or even a month without exercise. Don’t let this happen to you! Here are three tips to stay looking and feeling great with winter workouts.
1. Get new gear.
Embrace the cold weather, get out there and get going—the brisk air is invigorating. You want to make sure that you dress appropriately when exercising outside in the winter, though. Wear layers that include compression tights to keep muscles pliable and prevent injury and a thermo headband to keep your ears warm without overheating. Select styles of women’s headbands even feature a rear hole for your ponytail. New shoes with a deep tread are also must-haves this time of year as they offer better traction. Buying gear not only keeps you warm and safe, but wearing something new also motivates you to get out more.
2. Beat boredom with the buddy system.
When the weather is simply too frightful to exercise outdoors, residents of UDR have the luxury of working out in a climate-controlled, onsite fitness center. Even with a variety of state-of-the-art equipment to vary their routine, some people still get bored exercising indoors. Hitting the gym with a friend not only makes you more accountable, it also keeps things interesting. Time on the treadmill goes by much faster when you are discussing the latest plot line from House of Cards or planning a holiday party together. People tend to challenge themselves more when they work out with a partner as well.
3. Set a specific goal.
Why do you want to work out during the winter? Don’t just say “to lose weight” or “to stay healthy.” Set a specific goal to stay motivated. Register for a half marathon in March and you will be more likely to continue the healthy winter workouts you started in December during the months of January and February. If you goal is to become stronger, set training goals to complete more pistol squats than the previous week or to bench press a heavier weight by a certain date.