The winter season can seem to drag on forever and demotivate us from staying faithful to our New Years’ fitness resolutions. Cold days and less sunlight can be deterrents from staying active as the winter weeks drag on. Despite Punxsutawney Phil not seeing his shadow on Groundhog Day, signifying an early spring, we still need to stay motivated and get back on track with our fitness goals. Here are some tips and motivational words to help you stay active during the last weeks of winter:
- Set your alarm clock 20 minutes earlier, and get in a quick workout at home before work. Believe it or not, the days are getting longer, so take advantage of that extra sunlight in the morning. Find a phone app for easy at home workouts, or do a few rounds of jumping jacks, squats and push-ups to get your day started right…and you won’t even have to put on a hat, scarf and gloves.
- Outside activities may be out of the question due to icy or snowy conditions, but do not let that deter you from getting a workout in. Find an indoor cycling studio or sign up for a yoga class. Group exercise classes are a great way to try something new and meet other fitness enthusiasts that can help you stay motivated through the cold winter months.
- Get in a quick workout during your lunch hour while temperatures are the warmest and the sun is shining (hopefully). Take a brisk walk with a coworker or walk up a few flights of stairs to burn some extra calories during your work day. Raising your heart rate mid-day can also help you stay focused and alert during the long afternoon hours.
- Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, is less than 4 months away! That may seem like a ways off, but for most people, it takes more than two months before a new behavior becomes automatic. Start scheduling your regular workouts today to build a good fitness habit before the tulips start blooming!