Winter Proof Your Exercise Routine

 winter exercise tips

It can certainly get challenging to keep up with your workout during the winter. The list of reasons not to work out just keep getting bigger as the days get colder…mornings and evenings are dark and cold, bad weather, and sometimes even the daytime temperatures are frigid. And then there’s illnesses like cold and flu. 

So, how can you stay motivated to work out during these cold months? Here are few tips that can help!

1. Stay Healthy

Although this sounds pretty obvious, there are simple things we can do to ward off illness.

Take a good multi-vitamin and make sure your diet is balanced to help stave off illness.

Getting a good night’s sleep is also important for wellness, too, and puts you in a much better mood for working out. You start the day with more energy, and it’s a lot easier to get up early (if that’s when you work out) if you’re well-rested.

2. The Right Workout Gear

Make sure you have the right workout gear. Not only is it much more comfortable to work out, but you puts you in the exercise frame of mind. Sort of like the saying, “dress for success”, the same goes for your workout gear. Plus, it’s more fun when you have new things to wear! 

3. Find a Friend

Not only can exercising be more fun with a friend, they also can hold you accountable to your exercise goals.

It gives you someone to talk to and can be social time you look forward to rather than just workout time. And if someone will be waiting for you to show up for your workout, you’re more likely to get there.

4. Workout Videos

Workout videos are a fun and relatively inexpensive way to keep exercising all year round.

If you have a Netflix subscription you can try out a different exercise video each week. With so many choices, you’ll never get bored! Also there’s a new online workout site called The Daily Burn that provides all kinds of online exercise videos for just $9.99 per month.

5. Find an Exercise Class

One way to keep the momentum in your exercise routine is join an exercise class.

Winter might be the time to join that Yoga or Karate class you’ve been wanting to take. Plus, paying for a class can go a long way toward keeping you motivated.


Wintertime doesn’t have to put a damper on your workout goals. Even if you got busy with the holidays and dropped your exercise routine, you can still get back into the swing of things in no time.

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Published on: January 17, 2014

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