Working out when it’s cold outside is just not something that comes easily to me. The last thing I want to do in the morning when I wake up is leave my warm, comfortable bed and face the frigid, cold reality that I could either be disciplined and exercise or cherish my hot cup of coffee and snuggle in bed some more.
But your morning doesn’t have to play out that way. There are some great ways we can exercise and stay motivated even when it’s cold outside. Don’t worry, one of them includes not even leaving your house. Really.
Remind yourself why you do this
When you wake up in the morning, look at the clock, and think “why me?” and go to hit the snooze button… remember why you prioritize your health. Remind yourself of the energy you will have for the rest of the day and how you feel happier after getting all those endorphins. Yes, getting up when it’s cold outside can be rough, but it’s all about attitude.
That thing called YouTube
YouTube has thousands and thousands of free workout videos. Typically, you only need a yoga mat (and maybe some dumbbells) to complete most routines. This makes them an easy, free, convenient way to have someone else motivate you without leaving your house. You’re welcome.
Find an accountability partner
Find someone (a friend, personal trainer, family member, etc) to help keep you accountable for exercising during the winter. It doesn’t even have to be someone who works out with you, just find someone to help support your goal of staying active even when you don’t feel motivated!
I realize this tip might be completely obvious, or maybe not. If you’re going to go exercise outside, it’s important to wear the proper attire for the weather. Make sure you’re doing what you can to stay warm, but remember you might feel warmed up during exercise. Try finding some lightweight gloves, jackets, hats, scarves, or leggings. The little things make all the difference! Layer your workout gear so it’s easy to remove something if you feel too hot during or after your workout.
If you miss a day, it will be OK
My last tip is this: if you miss a workout, the world will not end. It doesn’t mean you failed. Sometimes it’s just not going to happen, and you don’t have much control over that. If you miss a workout, it’s up to you to make the most of your day and tell yourself that tomorrow is a fresh start!
Hopefully these tips can help you find the inspiration or motivation to work out even when it’s cold outside! Personally, the workouts I love to do indoors I find at Blogilates on YouTube or Yoga with Adriene – both have great workouts for beginners and use only a yoga mat.
By: Samantha Thayer /Photo cred: Steps