Keeping Your Body Moving When Cold Weather Hits
A common symptom of cold weather is the impulse to stay cozy and stationary. I feel this shift each fall when I suddenly switch from walking outdoors everyday to never wanting to go outside again. With change of seasons, finding new ways to keep your energy strong, mind happy, and body healthy will help you stay constant in becoming the person you desire to be all year long. Mixing up your fitness routine to fit the climate balances the effects of winter on your mind and body, whether its fighting flu season or lacking vitamin D from the sun. Read on for my plan of staying active over the next few months!
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1. Make a plan.
Start the week with a plan of where movement will fit into your schedule. My method is waking up with a half hour of yoga every morning and fitting in 3-4 hiit, pilates, or weights sessions into the afternoon. Running a creative business means I don’t have much leftover energy to plan my workouts, so I like to set up workout playlists on YouTube for each day of the week. Monday might be vinyasa flow in the am and 20 minutes strength training in the afternoon, then Tuesday could be power yoga and 15 minute abs in the pm. Find what works for you and take the extra step of intention to set yourself up for success!
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2. Start the day with movement.
I don’t know about you, but getting my body moving only gets harder as the day moves along. I am most energized when I start the day with light exercise and if I get a second power workout later in the day - great, but if not, I still feel healthy and active. During warmer months, I start my day with a long walk and over the winter I switch to yoga in the comfort of my home right when I roll out of bed.
3. Workout at home.
The thought of leaving your warm adobe during the dark hours of the day can make heading to the gym feel more like a dreaded chore. If you find that you keep saying ‘I’ll go tomorrow,’ maybe you need a new approach. Fitness isn’t exclusive to a gym and you can definitely get a great session at home! Online workout videos are a perfect way to fuel your motivation while still being a homebody.
4. Just do 15 minutes.
You don’t need a full hour of exercise to feel your best - as much as 15 minutes of movement gets your blood circulating, tones your muscles, and gives you a boost of happy hormones. If you’re in a slump, simply commit to 10 minutes a day, then increase to 15 the next week, and 20 the following. Small steps add up to leaps of progress if you remain consistent!
5. Bundle up and get fresh air.
It can be so tempting to stay inside when the winter weather comes, but our bodies still crave fresh air and sunshine. After all, there’s no such thing as bad weather - just bad clothing. Layer up, meet a friend, and go for a walk in nature or around the town. You’ll be much more energized after getting outside and enjoying the beauty of all seasons.