With cooler temperatures fast approaching, it’s time to get prepared for winter fitness. Depending on where you live and what your comfort level is, the gym may not be an option for you this year. Exercise, however, is important for both our physical and mental health. Not to mention the health & safety of the people who have to live with us 😉 So without further ado, here are some ideas to keep you moving during the cooler months.
There are plenty of winter outdoor activities to keep fit, and many don’t require a large financial investment. The list below offers suggestions that range from FREE to $$$$$.
- Ski or Snowboarding: Whether you are an avid skier or want to learn, there’s plenty of room on the hills for everyone. Most ski villages have rentals and lessons available for beginners.
- Snowshoeing: This is one of my favorite activities because it’s inexpensive and can be done almost anywhere there is snow. The MSR Evo Trail Hiking Snow Shoe is a budget friendly option that will get the job done. It’s worth doing a bit of research to determine which snow shoes will work best for you.
- Running or Hiking: Running/Hiking in cooler weather is great, but what about when the snow falls? Just add a set of YakTraks, and you’re good to go. There are a variety of snow cleats on the market, but not all are the same. It’s always good to read reviews if possible. I bought a pair of “no-name” cleats one year that were terrible. When it comes to cleats look for a pair that offers comfort and traction.
- FAT Bike: Fat bikes are gaining in popularity among mountain bikers. PRO: It’s a great workout CON: a decent Fat bike will cost you. You can always rent a bike if you want to try before you buy.
- PLAY: The easiest and cheapest way to exercise 🙂 Get outside and build a snowman, taboggan, make snow angels, skate on a frozen lake, or have a snowball fight. Not only will you burn calories, but you’ll have fun doing it.
At-home workouts are another option, and they can be done with little to no equipment. If you don’t have a dedicated workout space, consider using your living room, bedroom, office or even kitchen. You can easily move a coffee table or chair to make a little space. Now let’s talk options.
Cardio Machines: If you have a favorite cardio machine and a little money to invest, this may be an option. Treadmills, spin bikes, steppers, or a row machine will keep you cardio fit. However, a quality machine will cost you, and it will take up space. If you are going to invest in a machine, I recommend shopping at a fitness supply store. Do a search to see what’s available near you.
YouTube Fitness Videos: There is no shortage of free workouts available on YouTube. From beginners to advanced, there are literally thousands of options. I’ve even started my own channel that offers full-length at-home workouts. Feel free to check it out, or do a search for a class style that suits you. Workout ideas: Cardio, no equipment required, HIIT, Yoga, Zumba, kettle bell workout, strength with dumbbells, stretch.
Equipment: A few pieces of equipment can add a lot to your workouts. I prefer items that are versatile and require little space. Here are my go-to home gym items: One or more sets of dumbbells, Kettlebells, Yoga Mat, exercise bench , and medicine balls. What ever you choose, pick items you enjoy using. There’s not point spending money on fitness equipment that won’t get used.
Live Stream Workouts: Why not check out some live streamed classes? Plenty of instructors, Personal Trainers, and fitness clubs are offering virtual classes. Join a group on Zoom or Facebook to enjoy real-time workouts.
Home Renos: This option is for the very motivated…. haha. In all seriousness, renovating involves physical activity if you’re doing them yourself. Laying floors or painting a wall not only burns calories, but also gives you the benefit of an upgraded living space.
As you can see, there’s more than one way to get your winter sweat on. Keep strong everyone and cheers to the end of 2020.