If you have spent the majority of your exercise time outdoors, you may be wondering what you are going to do once the weather starts to cool down. If you are feeling like you will have to give up your favorite activities once winter hits, you couldn't be more wrong. While the setting may change, the exercises can remain the same. Alternatively, you may wish to use this change of seasons to try something new.
What Is A Good Winter Workout?
If you haven't spent much time at the gym because you’ve been enjoying the great outdoors, it may be time to head back. Sure, you can substitute your outdoor run for the treadmill, hit the indoor swimming pool or head to the rowing machine, or you can change things up entirely.
It can be tempting to slow down on your fitness efforts when the weather gets cold and dreary. The couch starts looking good, the holidays start rolling in, along with all the delicious treats. The problem is that you may start to backslide, losing the muscle, flexibility and energy you’ve built. Not only that, but you may also put on winter pounds that you worked so hard to lose all summer. Starting over is harder than keeping up momentum.
If you find the treadmill or other machines boring, why not try something new? Winter is a great time to look into one of the many group fitness classes available, or try out new exercise gear such as resistance bands or kettlebells.
How Can I Stay Healthy This Winter?
Aside from keeping up with a good workout routine, there are other ways to stay healthy during the winter months. Be sure to get plenty of rest. Your body naturally craves more rest during the colder season, so go ahead and allow yourself more sleep. Fuel up with plenty of protein, healthy fats and winter greens. Supplement with fish oil and vitamin C to stay healthy during cold season.
If you are loathe to continue your workout in the chilly air or rain, why not join us at the Downtown Athletic Club? With plenty of classes, weights and state-of-the-art fitness equipment, you will have no trouble finding ways to stay fit. You can also take advantage of our certified massage therapists and personal trainers who can create a custom workout plan just for you.