Amongst all the celebrations, the family gatherings, and the feasts, there is one universal truth we all know during this time: winter can be harsh on our health. And we aren’t just talking about the cold weather or abundant flu viruses, but the over-consumption of rich foods, lack of movement, and minimal time spent outdoors.
However, when you body begs you to stay curled up under blankets and hibernate till spring, exercise is crucial to maintain your health and happiness even on the gloomiest days.
Through sparkling, powdery snow or foggy gray rain, you should ensure that you are getting out in the fresh, cool air and moving your body all winter long!
So what’s stopping you from getting up and out? Gear up in the right clothes and get outside—here are some tips for you to stay motivated on even the yuckiest days!
There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.
Dress for success in your workouts! Throw on synthetic and insulating layers to keep you warm, dry, and protected from the elements. Avoid cotton at all costs. Try this layering system:
-The base layer: wicks moisture to keep you dry
-The mid layer: insulates to keep you warm
-The outer layer: allows moisture to escape while blocking wind and water
Get to the woods.
Trees will offer you protection from the turbulent weather as well as an escape to nature.
Learn about the multiple benefits of outdoor recreation in nature here.
Try something new.
Switch up your workout routines by incorporating hiking, running, biking, or outdoor strength sessions. If you have snow, try snowshoeing, cross-country or downhill skiing, ice skating, or just good old sledding (getting up and down the hill is an awesome workout)! Finding a new way to play will keep your workout routine interesting and fun all winter long!
Remember: it’s nearly impossible to regret a workout.
But you will regret a lazy winter!