How to Stay Active in the Last Weeks of Winter


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!


Sarah Kostyukovsky is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Integrative Care Center at Hospital for Special Surgery.

The information provided in this blog by HSS and our affiliated physicians is for general informational and educational purposes, and should not be considered medical advice for any individual problem you may have. This information is not a substitute for the professional judgment of a qualified health care provider who is familiar with the unique facts about your condition and medical history. You should always consult your health care provider prior to starting any new treatment, or terminating or changing any ongoing treatment. Every post on this blog is the opinion of the author and may not reflect the official position of HSS. Please contact us if we can be helpful in answering any questions or to arrange for a visit or consult.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *