Hey There, Mamas!! Training during the winter months can be a drag. Between the cold weather and lack of daylight, it is no wonder that many people slack off from exercising when the temperatures grow cold. Listed here are ways to stay in shape this winter.
Not to mention, with the New Year quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to start thinking about goals for the upcoming year. Why not start now? It might be Winter, but it is still possible to stay in shape during the cold winter months.
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Take Up a New Class
If your exercise routine is stale, it will be much more difficult to motivate yourself to get out the door when you would rather be cozy by the fireplace. Add variety to your workout by taking up a new class. If you typically enjoy spinning, try Pilates. Normally a runner? Switch things up with Barre.
As humans, we are highly social beings, which is why friends can be especially motivating. Find a friend or two who is also trying to stay in shape. Even if you don’t work out together, you can keep each other accountable with regular check-ins and gym dates.
Learn a New Winter Activity
There are certain activities that can only be enjoyed during the winter, such as snowshoeing, ice skating, or cross country skiing. These winter sports are fun calorie-burners, and a great excuse to work out while enjoying the outdoors.
Sign Up for a Recreational League
Do you enjoy playing team sports such as basketball, volleyball, or dodgeball? Look for local recreational leagues at the YMCA or other exercise facilities. These leagues are a fun way to stay in shape without feeling like you are working out. As an added bonus, you’ll make new friends!
Take Advantage of New Year Specials
Who doesn’t love a good deal? During the month of January many gyms, studios, and clubs offer promotional pricing as a way to encourage new members to follow through with New Year’s resolutions. Take advantage of these special offers as a way to motivate yourself to get moving.
Plan Special Exercise Events
If you have friends with similar exercise interests, plan special events that will help get everyone out the door. For instance, you can plan a hot cocoa run, where you start and finish at a coffee shop and order hot cocoa afterward. Look for festive events, such as Valentine’s Day 5ks or snowshoe races, as well.
Set Goals, and Rewards
Finally, the best way to stay in shape during the winter is to set small goals and corresponding rewards. As an example, you might start by planning to exercise three times per week, for 30 minutes each session. Once you reach this goal, reward yourself as a celebration of your hard work. In this way, you can trick your brain into seeing exercise as something to enjoy during the winter, instead of something to dread!
I hope you have found these tips helpful and inspiring, Mamas. It isn’t going to be easy, but if you implement a few of these tips I know you will find success.
Happy Sweating, Mamas!!