For many people, it can be difficult to maintain an exercise routine once temperatures dip and snow flies. While it's normal to feel unmotivated this time of year, you don't have to wait for warmer weather to start moving. Get inspired now with these tips!
- Make it social. Encourage a friend or family member to be your virtual workout buddy. Holding each other accountable can help you both stick to an exercise routine.
- Sign up for a challenge. Whether it's committing to a virtual 5k run/walk or movement challenge at work, set a goal to help keep you on track.
- Spice things up. It's important to change up your exercise routine. A variety or movements allows your body to consistently be challenged, preventing you from plateauing.
- Track your accomplishments. Keep a record of your progress to remind you how far you've come and help motivate you to continue.
- Try free workouts. You can find countless workout videos and tutorials online—many of which don't require any equipment. Search for options on popular platforms like YouTube, Instagram, Facebook or other phone apps.
- Find a clearing. You may have to get creative to find roads, trails and sidewalks that are free of snow or ice. Once you find a section—even if it's only a short stretch—walk or run back and forth. This option is better and safer than hopping over snow mounds and risking falling on ice.
- Divide workouts. If you struggle to finish your walk or run due to the cold, break it up. Have a goal to run 5 miles in a day? Try for 2 miles before work and 3 miles after.
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