If you find it harder to keep up with your workouts as the temperatures drop, you’re not alone. Many Americans find it increasingly difficult to remain committed as the holiday blues, shorter days and less-than-ideal weather create obstacles. Whether you’re a gym-goer or outdoor exerciser, there are simple ways to overcome winter obstacles and keep your fitness on track:

  • Remember to warm up. If you’re an outdoor exerciser and the weather is colder, try doing your warmup inside. Not only will you raise your internal body temperature before going outside, but you’ll also increase the temperature of your muscles, which can reduce your risk for injury.
  • Prep the night before. If you’re an early morning exerciser, set out everything you need for the next day the night before. Then, all you need to do when your alarm goes off is get up, get dressed and go to the gym. 
  • Have a backup plan. Even the most dedicated exercisers can lose their motivation. That’s why it’s essential to have a backup workout plan that you can do at home such as yoga, a HIIT workout or lifting weights. It doesn’t have to be lengthy, as doing something is better than doing nothing at all.

This can also be a great opportunity to mix up your workout routine and try something new. Some fun winter workouts include:

  • Ice skating
  • Hiking
  • Indoor swimming
  • Indoor rock climbing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Running
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Sledding
  • Fitness classes

Staying on top of your fitness during winter can be challenging but keep pushing and think about why you work out in the first place. Focus on your reason.

For more health and wellness tips, check in with your AHW health coach or check out our blog.