It’s easy to get caught in a winter workout slump. When the weather outside is cold and uninviting, making excuses for avoiding your regular workout regimen is much easier than during the warm spring and summer months. And, if you’re like most people, your schedule is a bit more hectic during the winter holidays. Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you should forgo regular exercise. Follow some of these tips to stay in shape even during the cold and hectic months.
Squeeze In an Early Morning Workout
After a long day at work most people just want to go home. The last thing they’re thinking about is the gym. Consider setting your alarm half an hour earlier and getting up to exercise before going to work. Generally, you’ll find that it’s much easier to make yourself workout before the business of the day hits you than at the end of the day. It doesn’t mean you have to wake up at 5 a.m. for an intense cardio class or a three-mile run–try getting up early for a brisk walk and some light strength training, like push ups and free weights, at home. If you can make it to the gym, though, all the more power to you!
Find One or Two Days for Exercise
We all tend to be a little over zealous in our workout plans. It’s not uncommon for people to pencil in workouts everyday of the week. When you’re busy, this might be more than a little unrealistic. It’s best to realize your limitations and make attainable goals and plans. Rather than make plans to go to the gym after work every night, pick one to three nights when you know you can schedule a good workout and stick to it. Give yourself a break on the other days. If you can find time to workout on the days when no fitness activity is schedule, go ahead and do so, just don’t beat yourself up if you can’t.
Have a Dance Party At Home
Dancing is a great way to unwind and work up a sweat. If you’re feeling bored with your workouts and are tired of going to the gym, turn up the music at home and dance. It’ll take the edge off of your work day and help you to burn some calories. Dancing is great because it’s fun and doesn’t feel like exercise. Plus, it’s easy to squeeze in as few as 10 or as many as 45 minutes of the activity. Mute the television, turn up the music and start moving.
Don’t Do It Alone
When all else fails, nothing works better than being held accountable. Schedule regular workout dates with some friends. It’ll give you time to socialize and unwind. You’re more likely to succeed when you know you’re not in it alone.
If you’ve fallen off the fitness bandwagon and are feeling unmotivated, ease back into a fitness routine slowly. Focus on doing activities that you enjoy so it doesn’t feel like work.