No matter how dedicated you are to staying in shape and being as healthy as you can be, mustering the stamina and drive to continue on your current exercise program can be difficult as the weather turns cooler. While taking a jog or going on a bike ride during the crisp mornings of early fall can be an exhilarating experience, you may find your resolve tested when it comes to continuing these outdoor pursuits as the temps continue to plummet.
Grab a Buddy
Exercising is always more fun with a like-minded buddy who can entertain and motivate you – all in the same breath. Having someone who is counting on you to meet them at your favorite biking trail or for that morning jog around the park is often just the nudge you need to get you out of your warm bed, even on the coldest of mornings. After all, who wants to let a friend down when they are counting on you?
Move it Indoors
When the weather gets really cold, icy and/or windy, it could be downright dangerous for you to be outside exercising. In this case, you can take it inside. Join a local gym that’s open 24 hours a day so you can come at your regular early morning hours or work in an exercise session at the time that is best for you.
If money is an issue, try heading to the nearest mall. Many of them open super-early in the morning to allow walkers to have the interior to themselves. Try sticking to a power walking program that burns calories and keeps your muscles engaged.
If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em
The cold weather doesn’t have to be a time of avoidance. There are a number of sports that can only be played when the temperatures are freezing. Bundling up in layers for warmth, you could enjoy an invigorating session of skiing, ice skating or ice hockey. These sports offer you the perfect combination of novelty and serious calorie burning.
The above tips are only a few ways that you can work around the doldrums and inclement weather that tends to hit in the winter. While many people find themselves losing some ground on their exercise routine during the winter, by being creative you can limit that loss.