It’s been unseasonably warm for most of the month, not that I’m complaining, but this week is gearing up to be decidedly cooler. So, as much as I hate to admit it, the summer time weather will be coming to an end soon. There are many things I love about the fall: candles, cozy sweaters, boots and slow cooker meals to name a few. But being outside is not one of them.
You can see how this would be a problem for someone who strives to live an active life. I’ll never be one of those people who enjoys running outside, at anytime really, but especially when it’s cold. And you’ll probably never catch me skiing or snowboarding or any other winter sport.
But, the good news is that I’m actually aware of my shortcomings in that department, and I try my best to make up for them. So, today, I wanted to share some tips for staying active and getting fit as we get closer and closer to the season that shan’t be named aka winter.
1. Join a Gym
Obvious, I know, but my GoodLife Fitness gym membership is my saving grace at this time of year. Forget the hiking, running, biking or just long walks that can help you stay fit during the summer. When the temperature drops anywhere below 16C, the gym is the only place you’ll find me getting my sweat on.
At the gym, I can workout as much as I want without having to deal with wind in my face or snow in my hair or glasses that fog up just from breathing. Which is pretty priceless to me.
2. Try Hot Yoga
Hot yoga in the summer is fun, mostly because hot yoga is always fun. But it gets even better when it’s cold out. Heading from way too cold for life temperatures to almost obscenely high temperatures in the hot yoga studio is something I think every person should experience.
You’ll never miss a class, if only so you can remember what it feels like to be warm again. Plus, you’ll get a workout in, which is always good.
3. Play Indoor Sports
If you’re the type of person who enjoys using group sports as a way to stay active, indoor sports can be just as fun when it’s cold out, but without the frostbite. At my university, you could join intramural teams for sports like football (soccer), volleyball and more, every semester and, there were also indoor options for most of them.
Even if that’s not an option for you, there may be more indoor sports leagues in your neighbourhood than you think. You just have to go find them.
4. Workout at Home
This isn’t really possible for me right now since I’m living in a house with 4 other people and there’s barely enough room as it is. Plus, as I mentioned before, I’m just generally not a huge fan of working out at home, unless it’s a little yoga in the morning. But, I know not everyone is like me.
So, if you turn into the biggest hermit ever when the temperatures drop, but you still want to get active and stay fit and don’t mind exercising at home, at home workouts could be your thing.
5. Rake Leaves/Shovel Snow
Now I know what you’re thinking. This list is supposed to be about getting active while staying warm. But, if we’re being real with each other, there are going to be things you just have to do outdoors. And two of those are raking the leaves that never seem to stop falling from the trees, and shovelling snow when, God forbid, it starts snowing again.
Since you can’t always avoid them, why not make the most of it and turn those dreaded chores into your workout? Two birds; one stone.
What about you?
- How do you stay fit in as it gets colder in fall and winter?
- Do you enjoy outdoor winter sports?
Share in the comments below!
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This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program; however all opinions expressed are my own.