It can be tough to stay active during the winter months. Especially in New England, where phrases like arctic chill and polar vortex seem to lurk just around the corner from bouts of mild sunshine. The weather is, at the very least, unpredictable; and I’m sure many of us can say the same for our schedules. What I struggle most with during this season isn’t the snow, or the fact that my sweet potato casserole looked better on Pinterest...It’s the whole sunset at 4:30PM thing. Sure, we’ve got the same number of hours in a day; but driving home from the office in the dark is less than inspiring. Why go for a brisk jog, when you can re-watch all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls on Netflix? Hot cocoa, anyone?
In a perfect world, scrolling through Instagram fitness accounts would burn calories. (The intent is there, right?) Until then, here are a few tips to help you stay motivated and moving this winter.
Can’t bring yourself to leave the house? (I most often find myself in this category.) There are some great smartphone apps that allow you to squeeze in quick workouts at home. Daily Yoga has a variety of guided sequences complete with soothing music. Select a session ranging anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes – perfect for unwinding after a stressful day. Yoga not really you’re thing? The 7 Minute Workout provides a higher-intensity combination of cardio and toning exercises like jumping jacks, wall sits, and planks. Best of all, they’re free!
Want to incorporate fitness into your daily routine? There’s no better time of year to add that new fitness tracker to your wish list. I have yet to try one of these little guys, but have heard rave reviews. With the ability track number of steps, distance, stairs climbed, calories burned, sleep patterns, heart rate, (the list goes on!) it’s no wonder people can’t live without them. Check out Fitbit and Jawbone if you’re looking for both fashion and function.
Want to bring the outdoors in? Try indoor rock climbing! Not all indoor workouts live up to the hype – but rock climbing is SO fun. It’s challenging, yet allows you to work at your own pace. It’s the perfect activity to try out with a friend if you’re feeling stuck in a fitness rut…you’ll use muscles you never even knew you had. I suggest Rock Spot Climbing for all you PVD and BOS ladies.
Ready to brave the cold? Bundle up and hit the rink. Scarf, gloves, ear muffs – check! Most ice rinks have designated public skating hours, as well as skates available for rental. Haven’t been skating in years? Don’t worry – you’ll get a good workout and an even better laugh.
I’m sure that after you try out any of these activities, that Netflix + cocoa combo will feel much more well-deserved. Enjoy it, and stay warm, ladies!