With the days getting shorter and the temperature dropping, it is hard to find motivation to go for a run after work. Though it may be tempting to curl up and drink some hot cocoa, it’s important to stay active over the winter months, or else the holiday parties may catch up to you by New Years. Here are five fun ways to stay active in the winter.
Ice-Skating is the stereotypical activity for a winter date, but it is also a great way to stay active once the temperatures drop below freezing. Bundle up, lace up your skates, and grab some friends to skate around. You will have so much fun and get into the holiday spirit.
Holiday (Window) Shopping
Everyone has a list of gifts they have to get for this holiday season, why not count shopping as cardio? The mall is the perfect indoor, warm place for you to get in your steps for the day, so put down your laptop and shop in person instead of online. While you can try to get everything done in one shot, there are bound to be things you forget, so split it into a few trips to spread out avoid getting overwhelmed and fill some cold days.
Your first thought when you think of swimming may be warm weather in the backyard, but when it gets colder it is time to move this activity inside. Many gyms have indoor pools for you to keep your summer body in check all year round! Swimming is an amazing way to burn those calories and build up your lung capacity, which will benefit you during all other parts of your workout. Grab your swim cap and speed suit and jump in!
People either love ‘em or hate ‘em, but the winter months are great to begin indoor workout classes. There are a variety of classes you can take, so you will never get bored. Spin and yoga and kick-boxing, oh my! Also, check the schedule at your local studio for winter challenges or packages. With the holidays coming, many gyms offer bundles for a discounted price, just make sure they don’t go to waste!
Shoveling is the WORST. After a heavy snowstorm the last thing you want to do is venture out into the cold and shovel snow. That being said, it is a great upper-body and core workout, so reconsider next time there is a storm