Even without a gym membership, it’s easy to get plenty of exercise in the warmer months. After all, family walks after dinner, bicycle rides to the park, and pick-up games of soccer provide just as much of a workout as a half-hour on the elliptical—and are a lot more fun. But what about when the weather turns cold? During the winter, motivating myself to stay active is a whole lot more difficult. And while hanging out on the couch with a blanket, a book, and a hot cup of tea can be great, after a while I start to feel sluggish and icky. Here, some of my favorite ways to keep fit when the mercury drops:
Go online. Exercise DVDs are great, but I get bored after doing the exact same routine a few times. Websites like ExerciseTV and YogaToday have a variety of free streaming videos, while FitSugar has printable PDF circuit workouts.
Use your space. Run up and down the stairs, perform tricep dips against your coffee table, do modified pushups against a wall, or try walking lunges across the living room floor.
Clean. Who doesn’t love multitasking? For instance, thirty minutes of mopping or vaccuuming will get your floors spic and span while burning 100 calories—not to mention tone your arms and shoulders.
Bundle up. Sometimes, the cold isn’t as bad as you think. My foolproof method for layering (that even allows me to bicycle comfortably in 20-degree weather)? Two pairs of socks, leggings under a pair of jeans, a long-sleeved thermal plus sweater, a coat, gloves, and ski mask. I might look like a puffed-out roly-poly, but at least I’m warm!
What are your favorite ways to keep moving when it’s cold out?