Yup, it’s fast approaching. The trees will be turning before you know it and that cold north wind will start blowing. While this sounds like an episode of the Game of Thrones, in reality it is what is starting to occur across much of the United States. Once football season hits, you know it’s around the corner.
This time of year can also lead to a vastly reduced activity level, weight gain and even seasonal depression. Things turn darker, colder, and dismal… it’s no wonder this can occur. Don’t let Old Man Winter keep you down. Here are a few tips and activity choices we highly recommend to help you get through the colder weather in great shape.
Home is Where the Heart Is
I’m like a broken record here on a home workout fitness kick, but it’s because it can be so incredibly beneficial! Nothing can lift your spirits more than breaking a sweat and getting those endorphins rushing after a solid, heart-pumping workout. Obviously, if you plan on being inside during the majority of the time inactive, then you are bound to gain a few pounds. A simple “3 workout a week regime” can help you stay in shape, improve your mood, and save on a gym membership as well!
For many of us we have a mandatory one hour lunch break, but if you’re like me you wolf it down in 10 minutes and then have to find something else to do – this is where the office workout comes in great. From squats to pushups to lunges, there are dozens of bodyweight exercises you can do while in the office during your lunch to bust calories!
Scared of a little jog when it’s freezing outside? Me too! Obviously, you want to be smart in your decision to work/exercise outside first of all! But if you are going to get out there and battle the elements then you better gear up!
Here’s a few of our favorite winter outside activities to help you stay active this winter! It definitely doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out! In an article by Kacey Mya Bradley on DIYactive.com, a few easy ways to get started were laid out:
1. Take a Hike
Once again, don’t get me started on walking… I love it and think it is one of the best ways to start to get in shape when you are a beginner! Walking increases blood flow, gives your heart and lungs a needed boost, builds muscle, is a great social tool and is a stress reliever. Hiking is like walking with a view. You can walk through the woods, up steep hills or just along a peaceful river. Both activities require a good pair of shoes and some warm clothes. So bundle up and hit the trail.
2. Engage in a Winter Sport or Two
Skiing, snowboarding and ice skating (or curling or anything to get you active) are great winter sports that can really warm up your workout routine. These activities offer a fun way to enjoy winter weather while still getting your sport on. Including a new type of workout in your routine can also help work muscles you didn’t even know you had. So head to the slopes or rink, your body will thank you for it.
3. Try a New Activity
Whether you get involved in a gym class, engage in a private session or join a group to enhance your wintertime exercise routine. Heck, you can even join a dodgeball, volleyball, bowling league or take a Pilates reformer class, in any case finding a new activity can mix up the dullness of your predictable training. There is always something fun and awesome to try!
We all know it… winter is right around the corner but that doesn’t mean you have to quit being active. Give these SIMPLE tips a try to stay active and stay healthy, all year long!
Looking for more at home fitness tips? Then check out DIY Active: “Fit.Food.Life.” and join the DIY Nation!