Winter workouts can be a challenge for even the most devoted exercisers. If you’re not careful, the short days and cold temperatures can have you opting for a blanket and book look rather than a good solid sweat session. If you are able to keep your motivation high this winter, you’ll feel and look great when the spring thaw arrives. After all, working out doesn’t have to cost anything, has no undesirable side effects, and is more effective than a pill to keep you healthy and happy. Try these winter workout motivation tips:
- Try something new to stave off boredom. Classes are a great way to get started with a new form of exercise. Check offerings through your community education, YMCA, senior centers, fitness centers and churches.
- Try a cycling class. It’s easy on your knees and you can control how hard you work out with both speed and resistance. You can also use a stationary bike at home—great for beginners.
- Swimming is a great exercise no matter what the weather is outdoors. It’s super easy on the joints and a great calorie burner.
- Resistance training at the gym or at home with or without weights helps to maintain your muscle mass and boosts your metabolism.
- Turn up the tunes and dance. No special equipment needed.
- Boot camp, kick boxing, cardio drumming, Zumba, yoga, are all great classes to try.