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Staying motivated for your winter workouts

We’re in the thick of winter and it is COLD outside! I don’t know about you, but my motivation to workout is pretty much nonexistent in the winter. I like to walk outside or strength train in the gym before work, but the thought of all the effort that goes into putting on all those layers makes me want to just say forget it. This happens every year so at this point, I have a few strategies in place to keep me motivated.

If I absolutely can’t bring myself to go outside, I’ll do a workout DVD. My favorites are Core Fusion, Physique 57 and (don’t laugh at this one) Billy Blanks Cardioke. YouTube is also a great resource for workouts. Especially yoga! I just plug “yoga” plus whatever type I’m in the mood for that day whether it’s hatha, power or yoga for relaxation, and tons of options pop up.

Speaking of yoga, Gaiam TV and YogaVibes are perfect for the days when you’re snowed in and can’t make it to the yoga studio. These websites offer a variety of streaming yoga classes. Unlike a yoga DVD, these are actual instructor led classes that were videotaped live. My favorite part about these sort of classes is that you can see people of all different skill levels and keep an eye on a person at your level. It’s much easier to follow along when you’re not trying to keep up with a yoga master.

Like most people, I’m not a huge fan of the treadmill, but when it’s snowing or freezing rain outside, the treadmill suddenly seems a little more appealing. The trick to staying motivated on the treadmill is to keep it fun and interesting. Instead of plugging in your earbuds and running steady state, mix it up by throwing in intervals and playing with the incline. There are a lot of interval workouts available on Pinterest. Just do a simple search for “treadmill intervals” and you’ll be good to go.

If intervals aren’t enough to get you on the treadmill, try a group fitness class. Shaking up your normal workout routine with a spin or Zumba class could help you bust a weight loss plateau and who knows? You might make some new friends!

These are just a few ideas to help you stay motivated. Sometimes the only thing that really gets my butt out into the cold is a little tough love. Tell yourself to just do it and it’s done. It’s only an hour out of your day so suck it up!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.