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How to Make Winter Workouts Easier

Now that the temperatures have dropped, thinking about getting a summer bod isn't top of mind. As it gets colder, darker and Christmas comes into full swing, going to the gym is no longer a priority for us (until New Year's comes but that's a story for another day).

If you've seen this picture before it's because I've used it for another fitness related post. tehehe
Reduce, reuse, recycle, ya feel?

If you're really serious about your fitness goals, fall and winter aren't times for you to stop, rather to continue the efforts that you've already put in during the year. When it's -30 degrees and you don't want to leave home, here are a list of things that you can do in order to make going to the gym in winter easier.

New Gym Clothes
This sounds so vain and I'm the first to say let it be vain! I love looking nice, even when I go to the gym. Buying a new sports bra or running shoes get me excited to start going to the gym and using them. Don't go overboard and spend a ridiculous amount of money all at once, however every few weeks/months buying one piece of clothing is enough to give you a little pick me up so that you can keep going to the gym.

Change Before Getting to the Gym
Instead of taking your gym clothes with you to the gym, change into them at home/work and then go directly to the gym. That way you'll have one less excuse for why you don't want to go to the gym. You're already dressed to work out so now you just need to physical get there. Choose the clothing that you're going to wear ahead of time so that you don’t have to deal with the frustrations of choosing an outfit, looking for clean gym clothes etc etc

Sign up for Classes 
This can either be a class that your local gym offers (check out my review on Goodlife Classes!) or at a separate workout place. Using groupon or class plass will allow you to try out a number of new classes at a deal, or a lot of places offer intro prices if you've never been there before. Once you're signed up you're much less likely to not go because you don't want to be a flake/ you don't want to be charged a cancellation fee. Having a class scheduled into your agenda/phone will make you more likely to go because it's a commitment that you made. Regardless if it's a class or just 'go to the gym at 6pm', writing it in will make you more likely to go (at least it works for me!). You're able to see your consistencies (or inconsistencies) with the gym, when you'll be busy and can't go, or when you have vacation and want to have some extra sessions added in.

Get a Gym Buddy
Everyone and their mom has this tip, but it really is a great one! Having someone to keep you accountable is a great way to continue to go on a regular basis. Go to a yoga class every Sunday morning with your friend, or go for a nice walk along the lake or in a park with someone so that you can enjoy your time. I started taking spin classes because my friend was obsessed with them so I figured I'd try it out and start with the promo of 5 classes for $50 and I'm hooked! I can't wait to go back and it's always nice to try out a new studio and use their amenities (I have yet to try out Soul Cycle or Barry's Bootcamp)

Take it Outside
Just because it's cold doesn't mean that you have to do everything inside. A nice brisk walk (if you're properly dressed)  is really refreshing, especially on sunny mornings and especially when they end with a hot cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate in a cafe! Once true winter hits, you can go skating, skiing (I booked my trip to Blue Mountain and Mont Tremblant already!), sledding or even just have a snowball fight. All of these things will keep you active even during the cold.

If all else fails;

Workout at Home
Honestly, I'm not one for working out at home.. Maybe a bit of yoga but nothing too intense (probably because my room rivals Harry Potter's cupboard under the stairs and my parents are yelling "why are you jumping around?") but none the less, there is no excuse, you just need a little bit of space and a youtube video and you're golden.

Some great workout videos include Yoga by Adriene, or Tone it Up with Karina and Katrina. One of my favourite bloggers The Anna Edit recently did a post about working out at home that I really enjoyed reading!

If you want it then you'll find a way, if not, you'll find an excuse.

What kind of a person are you? Do you continue working out during the winter or slow it down instead? Let me know in the comments below what you like to do to make winter workouts easier!

3 comments on "How to Make Winter Workouts Easier"
  1. I also struggle to go to the gym when its starts to get cold. I find having new gym gear always helps, were else are you going your show of your new clothes!

    Vanessa x |