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Winter Workout Tips

Although the temperatures are dropping, don’t let the cold weather deter you from getting in some daily form of physical activity this winter. Take a look at some of our top tips for working out this season below!

Get Outside

With the cold temperatures and blustery winds, you may be tempted to stay indoors, but don’t let the winter weather keep you inside. Fresh air does the body good, even in cold temperatures! Spending time inside with the windows closed keeps the cold air out, but also keeps the same air (and germs) inside. By bringing your workouts outdoors, you are getting a healthy dose of fresh air and Vitamin D.

A few tips for exercising outdoors during winter:
  • Wear thin layers. Layer up with a base layer of sweat-wicking fabric followed by thermal layers. This will keep you warm without allowing sweat to accumulate underneath.

  • Be visible. If exercising outdoors, don’t forget to add a reflective layer so everyone sees you. This is especially important during the winter months when the days are short.

  • Wear a hat. Heat escapes from our head, so in order to stay warm during your winter workout, throw on a hat. It doesn’t have to be warm and fuzzy or big and bulky, a simple hat from any sporting good store will do just fine.

  • Workout midday. Working out midday during the winter ensures you workout when daily temperatures are at their warmest, but if working out midday is not an option, be careful. Early morning runs or evening walks can be dangerous when melted snow and water turn to ice, so run and walk with caution.

  • Grab a buddy. Finding the motivation to work out on your own can be tough, but it can be even tougher in the cold winter weather, so grab a friend and get your sweat session on together. No cancelling when someone is counting on you!

    Winter Workout Tips

    Head to the Gym

If you can’t imagine getting a workout in outside during winter, head to the gym instead! January is the best time to join a big box gym or local boutique studio because there are lots of New Year’s deals you can take advantage of. Whether it’s a complimentary class or an entire week-long pass, do some research and see what options are available to you. Some studios might even have a buy one get one for you and your friend to enjoy together. Can’t decide what classes to try? Check out ClassPass!

At-Home Workouts

If leaving the house for a workout during the winter months is a complete non-negotiable for you, then try an at-home workout instead. You don’t need any fancy equipment to get your sweat on; just your body. Some of our favorite body weight moves include squats, lunges, crunches, push-ups, sit-ups and burpees. If you have equipment like resistance bands, medicine balls, kettlebells or light-weight dumbbells put them to good use! Check out some of our favorite body weight workouts from Chicago Nike trainer and Barry’s Boot Camp instructor, Kate Lemere.

Get Your Winter Workout On

Don’t let the winter season keep you stuck indoors! Whether you get outside for a long walk in nature or run with a friend, find some time to get outside. If outdoor workouts are just not your thing, that’s okay too! Opt for a gym workout instead, attend a class at a local studio or use your living room as your own private gym. Whatever you decide to do, find a way to move every single day and you will eventually see some great results!

How do you stay active during the winter months? Tell us in the comments below or show us by tagging us on social media @withinwithoutsnacks

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