Struggling to find a winter workout routine that gets you up and motivated to stay active? Here are three simple steps to finding a routine that you will love!
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If you’re like a lot of people, colder weather outside makes you want to stay inside, and preferably on your couch with a blanket and cup of hot chocolate. Now, you might beat yourself up because of this, but rest assured, you might not be so lazy after all. There is a true biological reason that could be behind your lagging energy.
What am I talking about? Winter tiredness – a term that describes this annual fatigue that comes from shorter days that disrupts your sleep schedule. Exposure to less sunlight in a day increases your production of sleep-inducing melatonin and reduces your production of vitamin D, both of which can leave you feeling fatigued.
One way to get around feeling tired and “lazy” is to create a fun, yet effective, winter workout routine to keep you moving toward your fitness goals this time of year! So, how do you create workouts that you will actually look forward to?
Pick Activities You Enjoy
Remember when you were a kid and could play outside for hours and hours on end during the winter without getting tired? This is partly because you were engaged in activities you enjoyed so much that even though you were expending a lot of physical energy, it didn’t matter because you were having fun!
This winter, bring those same feelings back into your life by engaging in activities that make you want to keep going back for more. If you like to dance, what about grabbing a group of your closest pals and taking a class together? Or maybe it’s been years since you last skied and you’d like to get back on the slopes again? If the idea of it makes you smile, then it’s definitely a routine to consider.
Any routine can feel boring and dull when you do it over and over again, which makes winter a great time to switch up your exercises. Plus, by adding variety to your workout regimen, you’ll build different muscles and bones, making this another great reason to mix things up a bit and spend the next few months doing something new.
Not sure what to switch to? How about exercise options that are typically only available this time of year, such as ice skating and snow shoeing? Or what about going outside your comfort zone and signing up at a different gym for the next few months just to get a change of scenery? Don’t be afraid to try something new. Who knows, you might find out that you love it!
Make it Work for YOU
This point is very important because the more you try to fit your life around your winter fitness routine versus your winter fitness routine around your life, the harder it is going to be to stay committed enough to do it. Therefore, you’re better off coming up with a program that works for your current lifestyle.
To do this, create a plan that takes into consideration all of your other obligations this time of year. For example, if you work until later at night during the winter, then maybe your workout should be in the morning? And if you don’t like being out on the roads with the ice and snow, then come up with exercises you can do without ever leaving home.
Perhaps College News says it best that “there is absolutely no one-size-fits-all approach to exercise.” Don’t worry so much about conforming your life to your exercise program—let it conform to you instead.
Do these three things and you’re well on your way to a winter program that you enjoy. You may even enjoy it so much that you’ll keep it around well into the spring!
Shelly Stinson is a freelance writer based out of Denver, CO. Her interests include healthy living, being active outdoors and trying new restaurants. Find her on twitter here!