Armed with these winter exercise tips, you can get your ready-for-summer body of evidence started right now. No matter what your age or current fitness level, you can make significant improvements in your health and fitness during the winter months.
The weather is cold. You’re enjoying your time in bulky sweaters, over-sized sweatshirts, and cozy flannel pajamas. You've had your fill of turkey and Christmas delights. It's easy to ignore what you don't see. Then, the warm days finally arrive, and it feels great!
It’s time to pull off the layers. That’s when you begin to see summer-ready bodies parading around. You may be one of those who looks down to see a few extra pounds springing up like little tulips in the garden -- not exactly the curves you are after.
Maybe you aren't worried about a little addition of weight; but, your legs aren't as strong as you would like for your summer sports and activities.
If that’s when you usually start to work on your summer body, it's time to tell yourself that it won’t happen this year. It's always a choice! You can refuse to settle into your sweats and sweaters until the last minute because your summer body can start right now.
If you’re looking out the window at a pile of snow or hearing predictions of freezing temperatures, you may be thinking that I don't understand what that's like, or that I just don’t get it.
But I do. I get it. I know that winter weather can feel like a barrier to exercise, but I have some winter exercise tips that will help you make spectacular progress regardless of the weather. So, let’s get started.
When the cold weather hits, it only makes sense that you use it to your advantage. Skiing may come to mind, but that’s not your only option. If you were a skateboarder in your younger years or you always wanted to be, snowboarding may become your new hobby. Perhaps you might enjoy cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice hockey, or ice skating with your family.
Don't let the cold freeze your sense of adventure. Learning new activities not only benefits your body, it's great for your brain and emotional well-being.
Here are some winter exercise tips to stay warm and safe if you go this route.
If braving the winter weather just isn’t your thing, or you have legitimate barriers that make that difficult or dangerous, there are many ways to get your summer body in top form while staying indoors. Some of the best winter exercise tips can't rule out making use of time indoors!
Here are some indoor winter exercise tips that may help:
Whether you decide to take advantage of the winter weather or keep warm in your home, focus on accelerating your daily activity level this winter. Set a timer so that you get up and move around the house 10 minutes out of every hour that you spend sitting. Take the stairs rather than the elevator. Join the local YMCA as a great way to meet other health-minded individuals. Water aerobics, Zumba, spin, and other indoor exercise classes are the perfect way to get your ready-for-summer body started today.
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