July 22, 2024

Don’t Hibernate this Winter by Brett Klika

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Don’t Hibernate this Winter

When winter rears its formidable head with shorter and much colder days, it can be a challenge to stay on course with your fitness program. If you want to keep moving despite Mother Nature, try these 5 simple tips to weather the winter so you’re lean and fit for spring.

Embrace the outside! Yes, it’s cold! That may mean snow for skiing, sledding, snow-showing, ice skating, and a variety of other outdoor activities. Give them a try! Winter clothing now is warm, light, flexible, waterproof, and very accommodating for hard-core outdoor activities.

Change up your routine by trying a class at a local health club. Just because you’re indoors doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. From Zumba to Spinning, to a variety of other fun and engaging high-energy classes, health club class schedules are usually packed with options to move.

Workout during your lunch hour to avoid the dark mornings and cold nights. Mid day is not only the time with the most sunlight, it’s usually the warmest. Perfect for a jog, bike ride, or anything else the weather permits.

Hit the weights. Are you an endurance athlete? If you live in a climate where the weather outside is frightful, winter might be a great time to start a resistance training program if you don’t already participate in one. This provides a welcome change from grinding out miles on the treadmill or indoor bike. In addition, the increased strength and stability you get from resistance training will help your performance when you get outside again.

Join an indoor sports league. In addition to the traditional sports like soccer, basketball, and volleyball, now many club organizations offer non-traditional, social-based sports like kickball, dodge ball, and many other playground classics. This keeps you energized and motivated to get out of the house and sweat!     

This winter, have fun sweating in the snow, running in the rain, and dashing in the dark. A little workout creativity will keep you lean and fit all winter long.

Brett Klika, C.S.C.S, is an internationally renowned personal trainer, author, and motivational speaker. For a copy of his new e-book and exercise program “The Underground Workout Manual- Exercise and Fat Loss in the Real World” visit www.undergroundworkoutmanual.com. To contact Brett, send correspondence to brett@fitnessquest10.com.