Winter Workout Tips

One of the most common New Years resolutions is to get in shape, lose weight, etc. Unfortunately, especially for those who live in colder climates like yours truly, our willpower is tested as the the New Year doesn't start in spring but rather the middle of winter. It can be hard to get motivated to get up and get to the gym when all you want to do is stay inside and stay warm and cozy. Lucky for you, I have a few tips that helped me get out and brave the cold and go running:
  1. Long-sleeved everything: When you pick out your workout clothes, try to find things that will keep you covered from the elements made with insulating materials. That said, keep in mind that you're exercising so you'll get hot. Therefore dress yourself as if it's...maybe 15 degrees warmer than it actually is. 
  2. Or just skip going outside: Luckily, we have an indoor gym so I could run on a treadmill or use the ellipticals when the temps fall below freezing. If it's too cold out, see if you can find an indoor gym and work out there. Even better, there are plenty of youtube videos out there that can help you get in shape in the comfort of your own home!
  3. Run with minimized windchill: If you must run outside (which, I get because running on a treadmill can make me feel like a hamster sometimes), try to run where there's lots of trees or buildings instead of the open air - it'll help minimize the windchill factor.
  4. Beware if you have Raynaud's Syndrome: The worst thing about having Raynaud's Syndrome, like I do, is that any attempt at running outside when it's under 50F degrees will result in my fingers tuning numb and swollen. If possible try to keep your fingers, toes, and ears covered. Even if you don't have Raynaud's, it's generally a good idea to keep these parts of your body warm.
Do you have any tips for working out in the wintertime?

2 comments

  1. Thanks for the tips! I've started exercising recently but have stuck to the treadmill because I can't deal with the cold lol

    Mili

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  2. I am suuuuuuch a class-at-the-gym girl! Props to you for running outside; my boyfriend does this, too. You both must be super heroes!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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