How to Enjoy Winter Workouts

It's not hard to lose your desire to exercise after winter weather sets in. It's so much easier to stay inside where it's warm than to bundle up and head outdoors for a cold walk in the park.

But you don't want to interrupt your fitness routine just because the temperature has dropped. You can still enjoy working out during chilly winter months.

Here Are Some Ideas

Dress for the Part

Instead of pulling on one big heavy coat, dress in layers when exercising outdoors. Layers help trap the heat and provide insulation. Make your first layer a moisture-wicking fabric. Second layer: fleece. And top it all off with a thin waterproof layer.

Mix Up your Activities

Go for a brisk walk on weekday mornings or afternoons. Take a nice hike on the weekends when you have more time to enjoy the winter landscape.

Try Activities Specific to the Season

It's winter! Look at it as an opportunity to do things you can't do in the summer. Like:

  • Sledding
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Building a snowman

Move your Exercise Indoors

You can join a gym if you want, but you don't have to. Try these indoor activities:

  • Crank up some music and dance around your home
  • If you live in a multilevel house, walk up and down the stairs
  • Buy a jump rope and some hand weights, and work out while listening to a podcast or watching your favorite show
  • Walk laps around a nearby mall (you can window shop at the same time)
  • Go bowling
  • Roller or ice skate at your local rink
  • Play volleyball or basketball at your area community center

Get your Workout While Working

Combine exercise with crossing chores off your list. For example:

  • Outside: Shovel your sidewalk or driveway
  • Inside: Vacuum your carpets or sweep your floors

Keep an Eye Out for Hypothermia

When exercising outdoors, watch your body for signs of hypothermia. Symptoms can include:

  • Lack of coordination
  • Mental confusion
  • Slowed reactions
  • Slurred speech
  • Cold feet and hands
  • Shivering
  • Sleepiness

If you notice any of these symptoms, go inside and get warm.